Sarah Bryant – The Radiant Republic


© 2019
edition of 50

dimensions in inches: 10.5 x 6.5 x 4.5

about this piece

About this piece:

The Radiant Republic is built entirely out of language found in Plato’s Republic and Le Corbusier’s The Radiant City. In these texts, separated by more than two thousand years, Plato and Le Corbusier each describe a city plan designed to provide a framework for morality and ethics. These works are revered, but they are also deeply troubling. In The Radiant Republic, language from Plato and Le Corbusier has been combined to create a narrative in five parts. Each part is bound separately, and features a portion of an interlocking landscape with no fixed beginning or end.

Platonic solids, geometric forms composed of equilateral shapes set at equal angles, feature heavily in The Radiant Republic. These forms, often used as dice, are frequently offered up as examples of fairness and perfection of form. This book includes a set of nine platonic solids cast in cement. The solids also form the foundation of the city building imagery in the book.

The text from this book was culled from Plato’s Republic and Le Corbusier’s Radiant City, then recombined to form a narrative about city building.


paper, wood, glass, cement, thread, book cloth, binders board

About the artist:

Lives and works in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States.

Sarah Bryant produces artist books under the name Big Jump Press. These books use analytical imagery and reference material to address topics ranging from archives and self-representation to population mapping and urban planning. Her work can be found in dozens of libraries and private collections in the United States and abroad, including The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, and The Yale Arts Library. Bryant lives in Tuscaloosa Alabama and teaches for the MFA Book Arts Program at the University of Alabama.

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Sarah Bryant – The Radiant Republic