Sacramento Courthouse

Project Info

Sacramento County




Sacramento, California


Inside the Sacramento County Juvenile Courthouse, two 5’ x 16’ acrylic forms hang in front of a wall of windows. The sunlight streams in, illuminating the panels. Life-sized reliefs of young men and women flow throughout the translucent fluid acrylic: they reach out towards one another while a single garment wraps around and connects them. This is the “Garment of Destiny.”

Artist Jesus Romo was inspired by a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. when he was composing this piece, one that speaks of our responsibility and our interconnectedness with others.

“In a real sense all life is interrelated. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be… This is the inter-related structure of reality.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.