692 timepieces are suspended above the computer hub at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Varied in size, style and vintage, these clocks, watches, and hourglasses form an implied horizontal cone within the upper space, visible as a colorful abstract composition from within the lab and from the street outside.
When observed from a precise location at the building’s entrance this three-dimensional array creates a perceptual phenomenon known as an anamorphosis. From this perspective the timepieces optically coalesce into a depiction of the scales of justice. Jurisprudence is complex, challenging and ever evolving. Time itself can seem both constant and elastic, especially when it concerns our legal system.
Arbor is an expression of the interplay between the temporal and the judicial, grounded in an individual’s experience of time and space.
Fabrication by Bob’s Welding, Central Falls, RI.