Client: General Services Administration
Location: Alexandria, VA, United States
Completion date: 1995
Artwork budget: $250,000
Kaskey Studio, LLC
Laran Bronze Foundry
Laran Bronze, INC.
I was commissioned to design and fabricate the twelve-foot high figure of justice balanced on one foot to form the image of the scales. The base rests on a bronze arch which depicts the parable of the tortoise & the hare. The composition sets up a tension between two ideas – swift justice versus calm deliberation.
Occupying the central location over the main entrance to the federal courthouse the position reminds entrants that a life-changing experience may occur passing through the doors.
The art-in-architecture program of the general services administration encourages collaboration between the sculptor and its staff, as well as the occupants of the building, in this case federal judges, with ideas of their own.