Column of Knowledge

Submitted by Steven Whyte

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Client: Fontana Children's Library

Location: Fontana, CA, United States

Completion date: 2008

Artwork budget: $55,000

Project Team

Public Art Agent

Fontana Lewis Library & Technology Center

Fontana Lewis Library & Technology Center

Industry Resource

Monterey Sculpture Center

Monterey Sculpture Center

Artist

Steven Whyte

Overview

Whyte worked to honor the civil rights icon by referencing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s humanity and personal strength. The bust is 1.5 times life-size.

Goals

The first casting, Column of Knowledge, is housed at the Fontana Lewis Library & Technology Center’s Children’s Reading Room. The monument features a heroic bust of King atop a column rendered to represent the key books King had referenced in his own work. Today, librarians use the sculpture to communicate to their young visitors that books build the foundation for the person they will become.

Process

Sculptor Steven Whyte worked with photojournalist Bob Fitch who covered King during his time at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.