Whence the 2nd Globe name? As the website (2ndglobe.com) notes, it's inspired by Shakespeare's famed theater, which functioned as a collaborative partnership, and the site also makes reference to the patronage system of the Renaissance. If this seems a bit highfalutin, Young explains it thus: "Shakespeare considered his plays for the Globe Theatre his commercial work and his sonnets and epic poems to be his true art. We now rank this commercial work as one of the greatest achievements in art. So the Shakespeare allegory is a fun way to challenge the narrow, uptight, self-righteous definitions of contemporary art. If somebody doesn't want to call it art, we're OK with it."
Call it what you will, the work, made in conjunction with a host of artists and fabricators, is impressive. A corporate identity project for Shiel Sexton, a construction firm, features a variety of interior sculptural S's and a massive exterior installation called "Structure Man." An extensive exterior project for the Indiana State Museum, celebrating the state's 92 counties, includes a masklike limestone and bronze sculpture that commemorates an African-American community in Gibson County. A weekend farmer's market in Bloomington, Ind., was transformed into Showers Common, whose details include whimsical weather vanes, an homage to local artists. A renovation of a building for USA Group, a student loan provider, includes 13 cast heads representing the 12 primary arts and sciences, plus technology. Seen above are Literature, complete with typewriter keys, and Architecture.
Though so far most of 2nd Globe's projects are Indiana-based, Young speaks optimistically of "prospects on both coasts," and a Seattle office opened earlier this year. "The Seattle-Portland-Vancouver region has one of the highest education levels, one of youngest populations and is one of the most entrepreneurial areas in the world," says Young. "They also have a recent tradition of public art." Not to mention a few latter-day Medicis.