1999 / Terry Allen / Cincinnati
"Belief” is a large leaf constructed of bronze with a patinated surface. It provides a space to climb and sit on. The title, “Belief,” implies hope and assurance that the natural cycle will continue, that the leaves will fall from deciduous trees each year. The artist states, “Belief seems like a good title for a work near a cancer research facility.” This piece was purchased through the State of Ohio’s Percent for Art Program which states that for all public building projects costing over $4 million dollars, 1% of the total cost must be used for the acquisition, commission, and installation of artwork “Belief” is one of over 100 public artworks that has resulted from the Ohio Percent for Art Program since it was signed into law on July 1, 1990. Terry Allen is best known for his multi disciplinary public works such as “Trees,” 1986, located in the Stuart Sculpture Collection on the UC San Diego campus. Allen’s work has been featured in galleries throughout the United States though the majority of his public works are located on the west coast. Visit this true Cincinnati treasure at the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.