Fleeing Shadows - Elegie

Elégie pays homage to the migrants who died at sea attempting to cross the Mediterranean into Europe.

The sculpture is comprised of two centrally located hands, placed back to back – one cast in aluminum but treated to look like lead, and the other cast in brass but finished to look like gold - placed at eye level between two intersecting razor wire disks (evoking, once again, the ‘vesica piscis’).

Behind the hands are two mirrors offset by 90 degrees. The ‘lead’ hand facing the viewer is etched with punched text from firsthand accounts of migrants - “I am splintered wood and tears and sea water,” for example – while the polished ‘gold’ hand facing the mirror, which can only be read in reflection, has excerpts from the Christian beatitudes