Melding sculptural and verbal evocations on communal sacrifice and engagement from different eras inspires a rumination on individual action as a catalyst in society.
A reconfigured, replica of Rodin’s 1889 sculpture “Les Bourgeois de Calais”—six middle-class men who offered their lives in exchange for the lives of their fellow citizens during the Hundred Years’ War—contemplates a quote attributed to Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” The juxtaposition of these seemingly unconnected, yet interconnected moments of social perception from different centuries underscores the necessity and timeless nature of social action.
Situated inside a ceiling cove, the entire installation is only visible from specific points in the room. From other areas, only the tops of six sculptures can be seen. The gesture transforms them into a beckoning, rendering the installation both enigmatic, and more powerful upon its discovery.