I was in Cambridge the other day. There are many outdoor markets there. In addition to having some tasty street food I saw some wonderful art, including that of sculptor, Andy Jarrett.
One piece called "Freedom," involved a standing length of chain link topped by an old-fashioned key (see his work here). I immediately wanted to buy it. I wanted it for myself as a reminder, and also to use it as an award for one of my clients.
How we lock ourselves up, or free ourselves from our own chains, is one of the main studies of my life. In times past one was often able to tell which key fit a particular lock because it may have been made at the same time, by the same person, and of the same metal as the lock.
These days there are many mass-produced locks, and the process of making keys usually depends on cutting blanks according to a coded interior tumbler system. And here too the analogy persists; many of us are borrowing our mental chains from mass-produced culture. We judge and evaluate ourselves according to what other people have told us is correct. I can see that in myself and in others. Why don't we at least chain ourselves to our own values? Right?
I would love, Love, LOVE IT if all of us could be free from our chains. Seriously. My faith in the basic goodness at the core of us is intact. Meanwhile I keep freeing myself, and supporting my friends, family, clients (and basically anyone who will listen), to find their inner locksmith.
It was a good day; was very inspired to meet and have a short conversation with sculptor Andy. Anyone who creates, and puts that name on that sculpture is someone I want to know more about.