sculpture was built as part of the Lawrence Percent for Art Program. It
was on the site of a new fire station in east Lawrence.
The structural backbone represents the firefighters and medics;
the individual columns working in unison to hold the shield that
protects the community. The heart of the community is personified
by a grid of steel that represents the attempt to create order
in a world of complexity. A translucent chainmail hangs from the
frame like a knight's armor protecting the community. Its graceful
movement in the wind contrasts with the rigid materials it screens.
The undulating high strength glass will allow a view to the sculpture's
intricate structure while symbolizing the fragility of our modern
community and how easily it can fall into chaos without the shield
afforded by our civil servants.