‘Scale of Justice’ Sculpture Installed at Justice Center

“Scale of Justice” sculpture by Troy Williams of Jemez Springs. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Staff report

The “Scale of Justice” sculpture created by Jemez Springs artist Troy Williams was installed today in front of the Justice Center at 2500 Trinity Dr. 

The Arts in Public Places Board (APPB) and Los Alamos County plan to hold an official dedication of the sculpture at 3 p.m., Aug. 22.

This sculpture displays 12 jurors from all walks of life, based on actual community members. They are made of steel as is the scale on which they stand.

The APPB distributed a “Call for Artists” in December 2010. The board asked for an outdoor sculpture that would honor the tradition of a 12-member jury representing males and females as well as the diversity of a potential jury pool in Los Alamos.

Nine proposals were received. The board discussed and evaluated the proposals and selected four semi-finalists.
These four artists were invited to attend the Sept. 14, 2011 APPB meeting and were each given an opportunity to do a short presentation about their proposals.
Williams’ proposal for a steel sculpture was unanimously selected by the board.

Williams is a professional artist/sculptor living and working in Jemez Springs.

The cost of the sculpture is approximately $73,200.

The following is a description of Williams’ sculpture from his proposal to the APPB:

The name of this sculpture is “The Scale of Justice.” On the scale stands the 12 jurors selected from the community.

The impartial jury stands in the middle of the scale in perfect balance waiting for court proceedings to begin.

The sculpture is fabricated of steel with a rust patinia. The life-sized (or larger) elongated figures are cut from heavy steel and represent a cross section of the diverse population that would make up the jury pool.

Written across the front of the scale is the Latin phrase, “Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat” or translated, “innocent until proven guilty.” 

In the middle of the scale, at the fulcrum, a needle points straight down while in balance, but will point to “Guilty or Innocent” depending on the movement of the jury. 

The base of the sculpture. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com.

A group of children pass by the sculpture installed today at the Justice Center. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Learn more about sculptor Troy Williams HERE.


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