Saturday, March 10, 2007

Equilibrium

Keeping with the vein of the Law Courts, at the entrance to the Commonwealth Law Courts at 119 North Quay is the sculpture Equilibrium. Created by Akio Makigawa, the sculpture stands several meters tall. According to the sculptor, the focus is on the symbols of justice, the sword and the scales. The tall triangular form is the sword and is made of stainless steel. The white marble form at the top represents the scales and are symbolic of the equilibrium of good and evil.

Akio Makigawa was born in Japan in 1948 and came to Australia in 1974, studying in Perth. He moved to Melbourne in 1981 and using this as his base, he became a leading Australian sculptor, with commissioned works in most states. After a severe illness, he passed away in late 1999. He has both written about and been the subject of a number of books on his works.

I felt that the light when I took these shots was perfect. The moon had caused its own backdrop in the late afternoon light, and the different designs of each of the nearby buildings provided an excellent juxtaposition to the sculpture. The two materials of the sculpture itself also provide a fascinating contrast between the steel and the marble. Its also made me realise that I need to go into the courts on a day not on the weekend, as the inside foyer looks magnificent.

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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