The Region of Durham’s Motto, Graphed, 2009

Durham Consolidated Courthouse, Oshawa, Ontario
Steel and Paint, 2009

This low-relief sculpture was inspired by the Region of Durham’s motto: Peace and Prosperity. The words of the motto, plus the word Durham, were broken down into individual letters and assigned a numerical equivalent: A=1, B=2, C=3, etc. The numerical sequences were then plotted on a line graph, which resulted in the pattern we see. In essence, the heraldry that we might expect to see in a traditional county courthouse has been updated to suit the contemporary interior of the building.