Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Law and Society


This sculpture was commissioned in 1972 by the Fountain Square Sculpture Fund with a gift donation from Charles Sawyer to commemorate the Cincinnati Bar Association's 100th anniversary.  It was created by Barna Von Sartory, a Berlin based sculptor who won the competition to create the sculpture.  It was made from a 34-ton block of limestone from Bedford, Indiana.  The original shape and contours of the cut block were maintained and parallel lines were etched into the stone.  It rests on a polished stainless steel base with an archway in the center to invite the public to walk through.  When asked to describe the work, Barna Von Sartory said, “The upper part is society, very natural, left in a raw state. The lower portion represents the intellect, or, in this case, what the law has accomplished. With the lower “doorway,” people can enter into society.”

The sculpture was created on Fountain Square for the public to see and was displayed there until it was eventually moved to Bicentennial Commons.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Most of Cincinnati (the unwashed masses) thought this sculpture was a joke of some sort.

Unknown said...

The joke was: The artist was paid $50,000 to create that rock...