Copper tubing, suspended on mono-filament line
24" Height x 24" Depth x Variable Lengths
Each tubular piece is an abstraction of a graph representing a generally desirable ‘ending;’ smallpox has been eliminated, polio nearly so; lead in the air is virtually gone in the US; wars—counter intuitively—are less frequent, less deadly and far less expensive since the end of the cold war. The sculpture is, in short, a catalog of good news.
Area 5 Police Station, Chicago
8'6"deep x 6' wide x 16'1" height
Another 4'6" underground which cost $13,000+!
stainless steel pipes
The form of the sculpture is determined by the rates of eight major crime categories tracked by the FBI uniform crime reports: murder, sexual assault, robbery, assault and battery, burglary, theft, vehicle theft and arson. the data from 1980 to 2010 was provided by the Chicago police department and pertains to the city only. The trends are all downward.
Late one very cold night during installation I was asked by a heavily armed officer ‘What is this about?’ I replied, ‘It’s about you, and how the crime rate has decreased. Thanks!’