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JUSTICE



Artist: Joseph Kinnebrew
Medium: Corten steel
Location: Between Federal Building (110 Michigan Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI) and Calder Plaza
Notes:

This work is a memorial for Richard Lee Spindle, a Grand Rapids attorney. The plaque reads, “Dick Spindle’s commitment to his clients, his passion for justice, and his respect for this country’s legal system raised the standards for practicing law in Grand Rapids. In a life cut short, he left a legacy of uncompromising integrity by which other lawyers continue to measure themselves.”

In her book, Outdoor Sculpture in Grand Rapids (iota press, 1980), Faye Hendry records the full title of this work which is:

‘HERE MAN’S DESIRE IS FOR PERFECT AND PREDICTABLE JUSTICE. TOWARDS THAT END HE MAKES LAWS TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN IMPERFECT AND UNPREDICTABLE MAN IN A SOCIETY WHICH ONLY OCCASIONALLY UNDERSTANDS ITS HUMAN ESSENCE AND ALMOST NEVER SEES OR EVIDENCES THE CONCEPT OF TRUE JUSTICE. WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT JUSTICE IS A HUMAN INVENTION AND POTENTIALLY ONE OF THE GREATEST TESTIMONIES TO OUR EXCELLENCE. IF WE FAIL TO ATTAIN THE MAJESTY OF JUSTICE THE PRICE WILL BE SIMPLE AND ETERNAL. THE COSMOS WILL FORGET US.’

Hendry goes on to observe that "this low, somber, and fragmented pyramidal form . . . is positioned one degree east of north reflecting the artist’s interest in myths and fables. The title is stamped into the metal and will disappear in a few years.”

The work originally stood in front of the Hall of Justice on Monroe. It was moved to its current location when the Hall of Justice was demolished and DeVos Place Convention Center was built on the site. 


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