The Piece 24 Project is a two-part collaborative, monumental public art project produced by 29 Pieces and Craig Schenkel Real Estate and aims to spread the message of a “viral influence” that inspires people to choose to be contagions of respect and compassion for all living things. The inspiration for the Piece 24 sculpture is the American Indian quote, “Make my hands respect the things you have made,” from the passage, Let me Walk in Beauty.
In January, 2015 I was asked to assist Karen Blessen and the 29 Pieces team of student interns, artist mentors and volunteers as they translated their four-foot maquette into an 18-foot-tall outdoor public sculpture. Over the course of the next ten months, we created 4x scale series of patterns to enlarge the design and create the mosaic puzzle. Using 1x1 inch glass squares, the mosaics were built over clear contact paper and held together using a strong mosaic tape. Laticrete International donated the mortar and grout so that mosaic could be applied to the form using the One Step Method of mixing an adhesive/grout system. Albert T. Scherbarth designed and welded the steel, lathe and concrete structure and powder-coated balls, with twisted, sprouting steel attachments. Baldwin Metals created special attachments for the very particular, twisted steel on top of the hand.
Some very intense work days followed the structure's installation, as the bolt access areas had to be covered and smoothed by Scherbarth, and new mosaic sections were then added, piece by piece. The sculpture's public dedication took place on December 17th, 2017.