Stunning Library Art

By Daniel A. Freeman |

Before we take our Thanksgiving break, I thought I’d leave you with these very cool images from the Wheeler Taft Abbett, Sr. branch of the Pima County Public Library in Tucson, Arizona.

According to the library’s web page:

This artpiece consists of a long folded panel of galvanized steel and an intense light source that is active at night. The panel includes roughly 1000 words jammed together in a way that encourages your eye to wander through it, creating new meaning from existing sources. We chose phrases from a wide range of literature plus oral histories of the settlement of the Marana area.

During the night, three of the world's most powerful LED's project intense colors through the words, casting overlapping shadows in six colors on the landscape around the sculpture and on visitors to the library.

The sculptures were described on LiveJournal as a “patron enticer”. While they certainly are that, projects like this one help strengthen the bond between library and community. By making the library building a more attractive, unique and beautiful place, the sculpture helps visitors understand that the library is not just a place to get books and DVDs—it is vital to the well-being of the community as a whole.

That's something we can all be thankful for.