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Corten Steel and Lucite with Interior LED Lighting, 5' x 8' x 8'. The Friends of Fairhope Library requested a sculpture that was contemporary and representational. A Matter of Fiction is an intriguing sculpture, constructed using ten sheets of three-quarter inch industrial grade steel. The metal is gracefully bent to resemble the open pages of a book, with the jacket intricately laser engraved to emulate the scroll patterns of a renaissance manuscript. The cover panels are a light box that will illuminate the sculpture from within and cast a warm glow on the interior pages of the book.
Tamara Dean, Director of the Fairhope Library, said that, "The facilities are centrally located in downtown Fairhope and will provide the perfect backdrop to reveal this structure's complexity and scale. The Fairhope Public Library provides a sense of locality for our people and its history and plays an active role in our community. A Matter of Fiction is set to become a welcoming icon to visitors to the center." A Matter of Fiction is a visual metaphor for the many journeys of enlightenment a reader can take with a book. The written word is the light of inspiration that allows the reader to travel the across the universe. This sculpture is based on a wonderful literary tradition that has been carried down from the Middle Ages and Renaissance - that books are meant to preserve information and knowledge in a community.
Deedee Morrison has been working as a professional studio and public artist for over 12 years and during that period, she has had the privilege of working with cities all over the country to create unique sculptures that embody the cultural expression, the character and purpose of the facility. Her experience includes a broad spectrum of commissioned work and public art planning and development. She believes that sculpture should incorporate the nuances of the land, the specific environment and/or any unique cultural features that will contextualize the onsite art.
Deedee Morrison works in a very industrial setting that is an inspired environment for an artist to create work. Her studio is in the home of the Old Republic Steel Mill and what is now the Wade Sand and Gravel Quarry in the heart of the “Birmingham District.” The sculptor works with limestone boulders that have been harvested from an area in the quarry with 600 million years of geological history. The process of harvesting the limestone brings a certain awareness and perspective to her work. The second element of influence is the backdrop of the old steel mill that brought in the industrial development of the region.
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