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Embodied

Artist
Alison Saar
Year
2014
Artwork Type
Sculpture
Media & Support
bronze on steel
Dimensions
144 ft. x 6 ft. x 5 ft. 2 in.* (44 x 2 x 2 m)
Department
Sheriff
Location
Hall of Justice
211 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA
District
1
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Latitude: -118.242761 - Longitude: 34.055996
Image: Embodied

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Description

For the Los Angeles County's Hall of Justice sculpture commission, artist Alison Saar designed a bronze female figure of grace and virtue, to represent the spirit of Justice. At 12 feet, she is tall enough to command the focus in the center of the Hall of Justice Plaza, but not so tall, so as too lose any personal connection with the visitors to the plaza. Grand, but not gigantic. Her serene face is composed from a number of ethnicities, to represent the diverse population of Los Angeles County, almond eyes, broad nose, high cheekbones and full lips.

About the artist:

Alison Saar was born, raised and educated in Los Angeles, California. She has shown her work in museums internationally and has pieces in many major museum collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of Art and Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Embodied is her eighth major public commission.

Embodied is not a typical depiction of Justice, for she wields no sword. This Justice needs no blindfold, for her lucid eyes are blind to creed and color, but all seeing in issues of truth and equity. Nor does she hold a scale. Instead she weighs and balances the book of the law and equates it to freedom and peace, as affirmed by the dove taking flight from her upheld hand.

Draped over on arm she holds her long braid. The braid is universal symbol of unification, by the twining of different entities to achieve a greater strength. Here I feel the braid symbolizes the coming together of the many threads of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's department to ensure a secure and peaceful environment. The exaggerated length of the braid, symbolizes the extensive history of these departments in their role in helping to create a safe and just community.

Her exaggerated nine foot tall dress is etched with positive, affirming words to signify the spirit of Justice. These words have been collected from many of the staff involved with the Los Angeles County's Sheriff 's Department and District Attorney's Office. Words were also solicited from the general public, and students by asking them to select words that they felt best embodied the spirit of justice. These words of justice, over 200 in more than a dozen languages, become “interwoven” into the very the fabric of the figure's dress. The title of the piece, Embodied, concertizes all of the words expressed on the skirt. Bringing to life a multitude of voices in a resounding chorus for justice.

About the Artist:

Alison Saar was born, raised and educated in Los Angeles, California. She has shown her work in museums internationally and has pieces in many major museum collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of Art and Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Embodied will be her eighth major public commission. http://www.lalouver.com

About the Artist

Alison Saar was born, raised and educated in Los Angeles, California. She has shown her work in museums internationally and has pieces in many major museum collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of Art and Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Embodied will be her eighth major public commission.