The foundation of Canadian jurisprudence is equality before and under the law. It is the basis for the Canadian Charter of Rights, and the expectation of every plaintiff who stands before judge and jury. It means that regardless of race, gender, religion, class or status, that everyone will be treated in the same fashion by the judicial system.
To represent this basic and fundamental right, the McMurtry Gardens of Justice selected Eldon Garnet to create a piece that would encompass the many intricacies of this concept. Garnet is a Toronto-based artist, sculptor, photographer, and writer. He has exhibited his photographs and sculptures throughout North America and Europe, most notably in San Francisco, Florence, Amsterdam, Ottawa and New York. He has been commissioned for a variety of public installations, most recently Artifacts Of Memory, a stainless steel sculpture located at the corner of Yonge and St. Joseph streets in Toronto.
The result is Equality Before the Law, a beautiful piece evoking balance, structure, and perspective.
The title for this article comes from a quote by Kevin Deyoung: “Justice in a fallen world is not equality of outcome but equal treatment under a fair law.”