“You were supposed to make one of the lawyers a woman!”
I like Catalan sculptor Xavier Corbero. I like his abstract style and the shape and scale of his pieces. One of them sits in the lobby of a beautiful Chicago office building, 77 W. Wacker Drive, which rents to many prominent law firms like Dechert, Jones Day, and McGuire Woods. It’s entitled “Three Lawyers and a Judge.”
But the first time I looked at it closely, I couldn’t help but imagine a conversation that occurred after they installed it, getting a protest from someone on the board, or a law firm tenant, that the four brawny abstracts look too manly. “We can’t show four professionals without a woman! Which one’s the woman lawyer? Quick! Put some breasts or lipstick on one of them, before anyone notices!”
Instead of breasts, looking completely out of context, this rough-hewn piece has a highly polished woman’s calf and pump seemingly slapped onto the base of one of the “lawyers.” I can almost hear a frustrated Corbero exclaiming:
“Fine! Here is your woman lawyer.”
But it still looks like an afterthought to me. Why? I have no idea.
But there it is.