"Books on a Library Floor"

Submitted by Suzi K. Edwards

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Client: Palm Beach County Art in Public Places

Location: West Palm Beach, Florida, United States

Completion date: 2011

Artwork budget: $18,000

Project Team

Artist

Suzi K. Edwards

Public Art Agent

Elayna Toby Singer

Palm Beach County Art in Public Places

Client

John Callahan

Palm Beach County Libraries

Overview

This project was won as a Public Art Award from Palm Beach County. The inspiration was the “Unswept Floor Mosaics” popular in Italy during the first centuries AD. I visualized what books would look like that were lying on a library floor. The open book of quotes from famous authors is constructed of small but legible porcelain letter that I made and fired in my kiln.

Goals

The project was designed for the under-renovation library. I used images that would coordinate with the interior designers color scheme, and be interesting to all library members from adults to children. I was careful not to use materials with copyrights.

Process

I worked closely with the Palm Beach County Public Art Coordinator, and Library Executives to create a work that would please all involved.