72"H x 96"W x 6"D Wristwatches, dichroic lights Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs Seattle, WA Seattle Justice Center, 2002
Inspired by an ancient Buddhist story of a group of blind men who each describe an elephant in remarkably different terms, this artwork offers 112 opinions of what time it is. Located just outside the Jury Assembly Room these watches refer to differences in witness testimony about the same event and how different opinions can seem simultaneously correct. Synchronized during installation the watches differ more and more with age as they fall out of sync (+ or - 30 seconds per month), just as our opinions become more personal and distinct as we age. In 7 - 10 years when each battery dies its uniqueness is lost. Death is the great equalizer. Long after the faces go blank, colored shadows remain. Red, green, and blue lights combine to illuminate the artwork in a white light, suggesting that a clearer picture of the truth can be obtained by considering multiple perspectives. These lights cast multicolored shadows that continue to give the watches individuality even after their faces go blank.
©2004 Brad A Miller