By Lawrence Argent
In creating Pieces Together, I began by attempting to understand the site. My initial visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Campus in Willowbrook helped me grasp the physical environment, as well as birth ideas related to the site’s historical context. It provided the background from which to begin my creative process to connect people to place.
For this project, the artwork needed to be timeless, both from a material and conceptual standpoint, creating a connection to the past, present and the future. It also needed to reflect the significance of the reopening and expansion of the MLK Medical Campus by complimenting the site’s design and architecture, and acknowledge this achievement by communicating hope, dignity and aspiration. Practical concerns as to the durability and longevity of the material were also considered to ensure that the artwork would remain intact for many years to come.
My work is driven by the desire to capture essence, to simplify language to its core meaning to suggest a much larger possibility and permit interaction without expectation. Through this process the artwork then becomes familiar and not intimidating, creating the possibility for an experience that grows with each new encounter.