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PUBLIC ART

E Pluribus

2012         41' high 27' diameter

artist: Ralph Helmick
material: silver-painted steel
architects: William Rawn Associates, Boston, MA
                OPN Architects, Cedar Rapids, IA
site: US Courthouse, Cedar Rapids, IA
fabrication and installation: JunoWorks, Denver, CO
engineering: LeMessurier Consultants, Cambridge, MA
lighting design: Roger Smith Lighting Design, Phoenix, AZ
commissioned by the General Services Administration

E Pluribus is inspired by the transformative experience of serving on a jury. Situated in the grand atrium of the new federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the sculpture employs perforated metal profiles of local citizens, reflecting the current demographics of the community.

This gallery of potential jurors is arranged in an hourglass shape, a spatial metaphor for the journey embarked upon when judging a fellow citizen. One enters the courthouse as an individual, engages with peers with the goal of establishing consensus, and emerges again as an individual in a process marked by such varied states as clarity, confusion, inquiry, sympathy, antipathy and compromise.

Moiré patterns from overlapping silhouettes lend an optical effervescence to the sculpture from all perspectives within the site. Views down into and up through the artwork provide subtly vertiginous perspectives.



  SELECTED WORKS

Arbor
New York, NY

Scope
Tulsa, OK

Heart and Mind
Klamath Falls, OR

Fourteenth Way
Lincoln, MA

Jurisprudents
St. Louis, IL

Human Nature
Boston, MA

Disorders of Magnitude
Charlotte, NC

Landing
Sea-Tac, WA

Convergence
Denver, CO

Rabble
Raleigh, NC

Pattern Recognition
Phoenix, AZ

Rara Avis
Chicago, IL

Signal
Piscataway, NJ

Exquisite Corpse
St. Paul, MN

Prospect
Anchorage, AK

Persistence of Vision
Charlotte, NC

Ghostwriter
Evanston, IL

Perspective
Dallas, TX

Latitude
Hartford,CT

Genius
Brooklyn, NY

Blue Lines
Fort Worth, TX

Impulse
Philadelphia, PA

Portrait of Neal
Private Collection

St. Sebastian
New York, NY

Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial
Austin, TX

Arthur Fiedler Memorial
Boston, MA

Evert
Lynn, MA

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