the weight of your heart / the weight of a feather

Leawood, KS

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Art Studio Overview:

“the weight of your heart/the weight of a feather” speaks to the origins of the concept of justice. A specific image depicts a scale or fulcrum, representing the idea of balance and judgement. The weight of the heart (soul) is lighter than or equal to the feather of truth, the symbol of the goddess MAAT, or “truth.” The concept of “justice” has also been connected to nature. For centuries, philosophers, scientists, writers, and artists have looked to nature to help find order, balance, and better relationships between one another. To “ground” our installation and make a meaningful, site-specific connection between the location of the project and the subject matter of the adjacent Justice Center, we explored the symbolic connections between nature and justice. The Sweet Chestnut tree means, “Do me Justice;” its ugly exterior belies its sweet fruit, suggesting that one must look beyond outward appearances before making a judgement. Rudbeckia, as in a coneflower or black-eyed Susan represents the overall concept of justice, able to thrive if given the opportunity. Coltsfoot, more likely recognized by the daisy or dandelion speaks to “innocence” and that “Justice shall be done.”

Lighting Design Overview:

All three structural artistic elements are subtly illuminated using concealed and recessed warm color LED sources, which serves to advance the work's narrative and highlights the rugged beauty of the stone, metal, and steel. The success of this art work is realized through thoughtful integration of light into the structure as a building material, co-equal with the other tangible elements.

  • CLIENT: City of Leawood, Kansas
  • COMPLETE: June 2017
  • SIZE:
    75'x15'x13.5'
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    Government