North Third Street
MATERIALS: Steel, aluminum, LED lighting
ZIP CODE: 85004
The monumental sculpture Art Is A Guaranty Of Sanity rises 90 feet atop a large steel stem from the lower level food court of the Convention Center’s West Building. Made of polished stainless steel, its mirror face is fractured into patterns that Bourgeois derived from a drawing of a spider web – a recurring theme in her work. The spider-web pattern on the face of the mirror gives viewers changing fragmented views of themselves and their surroundings. In addition to reflecting the atrium, the mirror also reflects one of Bourgeois’s hallmark phrases: “Art is Guaranty of Sanity.” The elegant back of the mirror features scalloped ridges of brushed aluminum. The sculpture was engineered and fabricated by Caid Industries, in Tucson.
President Clinton awarded Bourgeois the National Medal of the Arts, the nation’s highest honor for visual arts, in 1997. Bourgeois was born in France in 1911 and moved to New York in 1938 . She passed away in 2010.