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Camaraderie is a series of three monumental sculptures nestled outside a veteran’s clinic in San Jose, CA. The piece was inspired by the strong sense of camaraderie found among the members of the United States Armed Forces. The sculpture integrates words collected from veterans to tell their exceptional stories of friendship and solidarity. Having companionship and a strong support structure has proved beneficial to the healing process, and our goal was to remind patients of this support by displaying the encouraging words of actual veterans. The words are laser-cut into the three stainless steel chevron forms; an important symbol used in the military establishment. The three sculptures are grouped together to illustrate the importance of teamwork and have been placed on their sides, referencing a military flight formation.
19’ x 8’ x 10’
stainless steel, LED lighting, electronics
San Jose, California
Department of Veterans Affairs
Joe O'Connell, Blessing Hancock