Keith M. Francis

who is watching who

reflexions

perseverance

sensations

firefighters

steel wall sculptures

polished stainless

untitled 2017

The Firefighters

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2008

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Stainless steel and granite

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60 X 84 X 36 in  | 1524 X 2134 X 915 mm | 1,800 lbs  | 816 kg

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Sculpture

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Public Art

 

 

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Spanning 7’-0” with a total weight of 1,860 lbs, the sculpture is six intertwined 3’-0" x 3’-0" stainless steel rings rising out of a granite base, each representing a firefighter who died in Worcester on December 3, 1999. They are freestanding but intricately linked together, supporting each other, forming a unit and working as a team to form a whole. The swirling fluidity of the form like smoke rings wafting into thin air, has a lightness for all its mass and seems to be launched into weightlessness. As one moves around the form, the play of sunlight refracts and radiates off the dazzling surface, abstractions of grass and branches and sun rays fill in the constantly changing geometric shapes in the negative spaces; the piece seems alive and alight like fire itself.

     In the sculpture “The Firefighters” I propose a visual question to the concept of

what ultimate sacrifice may look like. The ring form is a Jungian symbol of total human completeness. “Jung understood the symbol of the ring to represent the goal of the individuation process, which in his terminology, culminated in the totality of the self.”

Each ring is complete and each relies on the support of another for their particular angle and position in the group. The group forms the gestalt whole, bound uniquely together.

“As one moves around the form, the play of sunlight refracts and radiates off the
dazzling surface, abstractions of grass and branches and sun rays fill in the constantly changing
geometric shapes in the negative spaces; the piece seems alive and alight like fire itself..” Tamara SchillinBig Red & Shiny

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