Client: Fondulac District Library
Location: E. Peoria, IL, United States
Completion date: 2014
Artwork budget: $18,500
Pirkle Sheet Metal
To create a sculpture that serves as a focal point to the library, where humor, magic, and interest are suggested.
The work had to be site specific, and one that created a conversation that would encourage people to come to the library, and enjoy the environment. Interaction is invited- the pad serves as a place to take photos.
A maquette was created to show the client. Once that was approved, a designer from Finland translated my dimensions into a cutting template for a fabrication shop. Once certain shapes were cut out, I worked with the fabricators to create in metal an improved copy. We were creating a mood of floating books that had to be magical yet soundly constructed.
We ended up lighting the work with LED fixtures that gradually changes color through the evening hours.