Client: Dallas County
Location: Dallas, TX, United States
Completion date: 2021
Artwork budget: $15,000
Sabine Senft Art
Allison Hays Lane
This life size bronze bust was commissioned by the County Offices in Dallas, TX to honor the late Justice of Peace, judge Clephus Steele, the first Afro-American judge in Dallas, TX.
The goal was to create a commemorative lookalike bust of the late Justice of Peace.
Working from photographs gathered from the archives and family members, I recaptured not only the likeness of the judge but hopefully also his personality and spirit. I aim to capture the essence of a person.
The bust was sculpted in clay and then cast in the lost wax process into bronze.
I also designed a custom pedestal for this bust that mirrors and complements the architectural environment of the newly refurbished building.
I sourced architectural i-beams and redesigned them into a pedestal that can be safely bolted to the floor to withstand foot traffic in a public building. Its surface is powder coated for easy maintenance and additonal resistance.
This piece was a great collaboration with the Olana Group, Prichard Associates and KIA Architects.