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Ralph Helmick

17'h x 17'w x 38' 8"d
Found objects, Assemblage

692 timepieces are suspended above the computer hub at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Varied in size, style and vintage, these clocks and hourglasses form a colorful abstract composition. When observed from a precise location at the building’s entrance, 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.