Justice Delayed, Justice Denied

Submitted by Kaskey Studio, LLC

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Client: General Services Administration

Location: Alexandria, VA, United States

Completion date: 1995

Artwork budget: $250,000

Project Team

Artist

Raymond Kaskey

Kaskey Studio, LLC

Industry Resource

Laran Bronze Foundry

Laran Bronze, INC.

Overview

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.

Goals

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.

Process

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.