Presence is a profile of public service, forming a trust for the common good. Silhouette portraits of Public Safety Building practitioners were recorded, categorized and collated to create a transformative statuary bust of civic proportions. As the viewer moves around the sculpture, the assembly of many profiles morphs back into one. When viewing Presence, the multiple fins provide an opaque edge of profiles while the center reveals a view through and beyond, to what is present.
The sculpture is comprised of forty-eight faceted morphing profiles creating a 25-foot high lattice of stainless steel plates, resting on a 3-foot diameter, ten-foot high concrete column. The sculpture is illuminated from within and is responsive to sunlight and the incidence of reflective light. and the kinesthetic interaction with the viewer.
Presence is a sentinel, a silent companion watching over, transparent in its presence yet unencumbered in a collective effort toward Public Safety.
Artwork featured in header: Through the Safety Lens by Alexander Tylevich