Workforce was our Submittal for the Art Plinth at Brighouse Station Competition in Richmond, B.C.
“Human capital is the stock of competencies, knowledge, social and personality attributes, including creativity, embodied in the ability to perform labor so as to produce economic value.*”
This concept inspired our proposed piece. The sculpture refers to the labour, the creativity, the construction, the human effort, the challenges, the achievement and all the components involved in the construction of a society, a city and its infrastructure.
I our piece ‘workforce’ we use the shovel, as the main element representing the most fundamental unit or component of society: the individual.
Although the shovel is a common and basic element widely used in construction for multiple functions digging, lifting, moving substantial portions of material, etc., it can achieve great transformations.
This piece is meant to transmit a positive sentiment, a feeling of the things we can accomplish together.
The piece is composed of 298 construction shovels, set in a wooden structure of urban proportions. The piece projects above track level to create a ‘place marker’ that not only interacts with the people below but also with the passengers on the platform and inside the train above.