|Designed for a law library, courthouse or other legal setting and
reminiscent of a
shrine, the sculpture, LAW (1994), is about the law's relationship of
the physical word to human behavior. It comprises a base
surmounted by a chair, heart and sword under
a canopy of keys and rubber stamps. The three feet square base is an
of the accoutrements of the legal profession, including not only books
and phones but also jail bars, handcuffs, clocks and money.|
The presence of visitors activates a computer buried in the base. Its monitor appears to be rummaging through documents, images, legal services and the Internet in pursuit of legal issues.
The sculpture contains an infra-red motion detector and a working
whose screen and keyboard are visible on the front of the sculpture. If
no visitors are present, the screen is blank. When a visitor is detected,
a light illuminating the keyboard winks on and the computer starts to display some of it's two thousand plus photos,
documents, screens, texts, maps, charts and graphics.
Sometimes it is difficult to see the legal content as when the computer is contrasting the migration of the first Americans from the Asian landmass via the Bering Strait with the arrival of the conquistadors in Mexico and the settlers in New England. But as the data continues and begins to focus on Geronimo and Red Cloud, Wounded Knee and the American Indian Movement, it becomes clear that the issue is how a legal system continues to grapple with ancient inequities.