Human Equality Project
A sculpture inspired by the events of June 12, 2016 at the Pulse Nightclub Days after that tragic night, I received a phone call from Robert Lombard, a friend, who owned a gallery just a mile from the club. Robert asked if I would like to be involved in creating a memorial sculpture for the forty-nine victims who died. I was honored to be included.
From that initial, emotional conversation, this project has deepened. The issues related to those in the LGBTQ community and the broader issues facing all of humanity have intensified.
It has become more clear through time and conversations with others that we all have many ways of categorizing ourselves, defining ourselves and therefore dividing ourselves into categories of race, nationality, religion, ethnicity, politics, sexuality and sexual preferences.
In reality our similarities are much more significant than our differences. We breathe the same air, drink the same water and sustain our individual lives on the planet we all share. These are the physical similarities.
The need to experience the worlds of emotion and spirituality are also critical to our shared human existence. To Love and be loved is a crucial piece of being human. Connection to others is essential in all our lives.
More importantly a connection to a God and our spiritual life, fills the void that is created by the unanswered questions and the yearning for the comfort that comes from that search.
It is these magnificent similarities that make us brothers and sisters in our shared humanity and equal and one in God's eyes.
In my work, equality is best expressed by the clear glass itself. There is no color statement to reference any agenda, ideology or theology. The clear crystal is utilized to express the Light of Spirit within each of us.
The sculpture reflects on the individuals who lost their lives and inspires us to remember our physical, emotional and spiritual oneness.
The traveling installation is a tribute to the diverse approaches of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and heterosexual populations. The concept is to be inclusive of all humanity and reverent to the Pulse nightclub event. The Exhibition is designed as an installation of 49 pieces that create a circular space. The obelisks, 1 per person, represent the 49 souls who lost their lives and the circle of all humanity throughout the world. The schedule for the exhibition is not yet determined, but check back for regular updates on places to see the exhibit
Why clear not colors?
The 49 clear obliques are clear, representing the spiritual component of all humanity. The Light is present of all of us, irrespective of each individuals personal categorizations. Light integrates all colors and becomes clear and pure
How can you Participate?
To support the fundraising of the project, you may purchase a piece from the shopping page. Selection will be from different size studies, cubes and columns, with several price points available in the different items. We are beginning with the creation of color studies. Study size is approximately 2 5/8 x 2 5/8 x 1 3/4 - Each piece is handmade and will vary slightly.
100% of the proceeds of the first 20 color studys go to supporting the project. After the first 20, any and all profits will support the project.