I recently had an opportunity to tour the brand new Phoenix Police Department crime lab. It was a fascinating tour conducted in their brand new building with state of the art features. (No, it’s absolutely nothing like you see on any of the CSI television shows.) I was very impressed by the art work that was hanging in the lobby of the building. The piece is called “Pattern Recognition” and it was created by artists Ralph Helmick and Stuart Schechter. It is actually a large chandelier that pays homage to forensic science. It is composed of steel rods and laboratory clamps holding together glass beakers, flasks, test tubes, magnifying glasses and other tools of the forensic trade. Interspersed throughout the piece are clues to crime-solving, including molecular models of drugs, fingerprints, DNA strands, tire tracks, handwriting samples, and other references to police work. The piece is 10 feet wide and 18 feet tall and illuminated with long-lasting LED lights. This small picture doesn’t do it justice. Click on the photo to get a better look.