Common Conscience is a sculpture made of interlocking units that can be stacked, nested, or arranged individually. On its own, each unit is a functioning chair. When interlocked, they form a spiral arrangement that works as an acoustical reflector. The title refers to a pedagogical term for developing a collective sense of social responsibility, a type of attentive listening proposed by Amos Bronson Alcott in the early 19th century. This installation was commissioned by deCordova Sculpture Park, where the structures faced off like parabolic sound mirrors.
A talk on the work with curator Sarah Montross can be found here