The artwork was commissioned to create a piece for the check out area of this library in the Chicago area. A colorful wall sculpture was needed to accent the island of a wide wall surrounded by the visually busy shelves of books. The units read as butterflies but are also remindful of books, opened at the seam.
The goal was to create a colorful textured wall sculpture repeating the materials of books in a new way. Handmade paper cast with textures joined like a book binding but with half circles instead of rectangles.
Once the size of the footprint on the wall was determined, the number of units was calculated. An impact from a distance was created with larger units instead of many smaller ones. Each unit was saturated with acrylic paint. The piece is 39” x 12 ft.
Colors were inspired by the library’s logo. Textures varied from plant and abstract motifs to occasional lines of poetry.
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