The Lighting of a Court Room

I accompanied my friend to the Philadelphia courtrooms last Thursday, and as we sat in the gallery, I took note of the lighting in the room. Naturally, the lighting was dominantly overhead in the area of the judge, tapering off toward the lawyers and dropping off above the gallery. There was a window letting in sunlight on the side of the plaintiff, but otherwise the lighting was kept even between the plaintiff and the defendant. Light is frequently used as a symbol of truth. Its heaviness over the judge makes sense, as the judge is to be the arbiter of justice. The equal lighting over the defendant and the plaintiff demonstrates equality under the law.

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  1. J Rivkin says:

    Wow! This is a great analysis of light/hierarchy/power

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