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Art in Public Places: Public Safety Building

Eternal Vigilance

by Shane Allbritton and Norman Lee

Installation in 2022

Digital rendering of people admiring a large abstract art piece

The sculpture evokes interwoven eternal flames, creating a gesture of departmental unity and collaboration between police, fire, and communication operators.  The form of the flames is expressed as a translucent void space within a vessel of stacked glass, appearing as an iconic beacon that marks the main entrance plaza of the new Public Safety Building. 

Underneath the stacked glass, water flows up and over a granite base with etched names of fallen responders. 

At night, LED lighting within the water dramatically illuminates the interwoven flames, creating a dynamic flickering effect.

Close-up of water flowing over etched names in granite.