1997 / Albert Paley / Columbus
Gnomon is a tall abstract structure made from weathering steel. The name Gnomon refers to the symbolic context of the sculpture. The "Gnomon" is the stylus on a sundial, and this sculpture casts a shadow that traces the passage of the day in the flowerbed around it. Paley notes that this piece's installation outside of the OSU Law School is very important, as time is a fundamental construct in the practice of law. The passage and relevance of time determines the sequencing and time frame of the practice. The forms in the sculpture relate to the polarity of the human condition. The organic, gestural, curvilinear forms represent the emotional dimension and the geometric zig-zags reflect the logical, intellectual dimension. The practice of law relates to this polarity within the ephemeral nature of time.