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Camaraderie is a series of three monumental stainless steel sculptures placed outside a veteran’s clinic in San Jose, California. The sculpture integrates words and phrases collected from veterans in order to share their exceptional stories of friendship and solidarity. Veterans, active military personnel, and VA patients all share a strong sense of camaraderie, leading to the perspective that ‘we are all in this together’. The type of companionship developed out of stressful and extreme experiences is lasting. When exposed to traumatic conditions fellowship becomes the antidote to fear. Through Camaraderie we recognize the unique and enduring fellowships that are built within the military tradition. We believe a good way to remind patients of this support structure is to have them read the supportive words of fellow veterans. The word-clouds are presented on three chevron inspired forms; an important symbol used in the military that dates back to at least the 12th century. These chevron shapes have been placed on their sides giving reference to a military flight formation. The three sculptures are grouped together to illustrate the importance of teamwork and cooperation.
19’ x 8’ x 10’
stainless steel, LED lighting, electronics
San Jose, California
Department of Veterans Affairs
Joe O'Connell, Blessing Hancock