Hard Bargains, a new public artwork
The Hard Bargains Sculpture celebrates the historical significance of the Articles of Confederation, shines a light on York's role at a critical juncture in our nation's development, and creates an awareness of the importance and continued relevance of issues stemming from the document's creation.
Something new in the world was agreed upon in York, Pennsylvania in the fall of 1777, a step toward a model of governance in which “we the people” grant power to leaders, rather than leaders selectively exercising power from above.
Framed by an awareness of issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the artwork acknowledges the many voices and individuals who were represented, and not represented, at this historic moment in the forging of the United States from13 separate colonies.
Seen from a distance this sculpture presents an assemblage of blocks under construction, reminding us that this moment in history was a creative process,(and still not finished). Seen close up one discovers expressive bronze figures, glass graphic pannels, headline text posing questions, and first person quotes from the individuals who wrote this document considered to be the first U.S. Constitution.