Sunday, August 1, 2010

Outdoor Art - The Wheel of Justice

Cast in the form of an ancient totem animated by primitive figures and vegatative forms, the oxidized bronze Wheel of Justice appears at first glance to have been unearthed from a Mayan archeological site. On closer inspection, it is clearly of our time, being decorated with aphorisms such as “Danger Invites Rescue” and “The Cry of Distress Is the Summons to Relief.”

The figures include policemen and families, everyday objects such as a telephone, and symbolic flowers from the Queens County flag. The wheel is mounted in the center of the pleasant courtyard in front of the colonnaded Supreme Court building; the sculptural ensemble also includes granite benches inscribed with the names of towns in Queens.

The outdoor sculpture was designed by Ed McGowin and Claudia DeMonte, in 1998 as part of the Collection of the City of New York, ans was sponsored by the Percent for Art Program of the Department of Cultural Affairs. It is located in front of Queens Supreme Court, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard at 89th Avenue, Jamaica in New York City. Find out more at:

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