Law Links Generations, 1991
Paul Jeffries (b. 1950)
Location: Law School Courtyard

Law Links Generations, by contemporary American artist Paul Jeffries, was the winning design in an international competition to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Yale Law Journal. Stylized human figures form the central segments of two symmetrical, interlocking bronze spirals, inspired by a quote from former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.: “Law, like a great chain, links generation to generation, holding society together.” Jeffries’s hands-on hammering of details is evident in the smooth figures, while the overall compositional simplicity recalls his training under eminent modernist sculptors Henry Moore and Emilio Greco.