"Working in the Same
Direction" is a nine-foot high, stainless steel cutout sculpture.
Coron conceived of this work as a book because the two panels recall the
pages of an open book that tells many stories. In this work, the silhouettes
of firemen and emergency workers support the community. The skyline of
the community, in turn, supports two weathervanes: a fireman and an emergency
medical worker. The design of the sculpture emphasizes the interdependence
of the community and its dedicated rescue workers.
This commission from the New York City Fire Department, the Department
of Design and Construction, and the Percent for Art Program of the New
York Department of Cultural affairs marks the first merger in the city
of Fire Station and Emergency worker station. The building is located
in Rossville, Staten Island at the intersection of Rossville Avenue and
Veterans Road; the sculpture adorns the front yard of the station.
The angle of the sculpture accentuates the directions that lead the rescue
workers into the community. As one approaches the iconic silhouettes,
details capture the essence of particular moments while still allowing
room for the viewer's personal interpretation. The cutout technique (negative
and positive space) of the design allows for a changing play of light
and shadow in nearly abstract patterns.
These two groups, the firemen and the emergency medical workers, join
in a common goal. The title, "Working in the Same Direction,"
is symbolized by two weathervanes -- a fireman and an emergency medical
worker -- that will move with the wind, watching in all directions. The
open book celebrates the merger in a joyful way, while also acknowledging
the dedication and sacrifice of New York City rescue workers.