Client: Calabazza Branch Library
Location: San Jose, CA, United States
Completion date: 2013
Artwork budget: $150,000
Po Shu Wang
Library patrons’ quest for knowledge in this branch library is the source of inspiration for this artwork.
Checked book titles gathered by the barcode scanner are also parallel processed and output as a choir musical composition released from a stone monolith in front of the main entrance.
Negative relief of a full-body portrait is carved into each face of the black granite monolith. Their murmuring voices attract the attentions of visitors to approach and discover the choir music.
The aim is to source directly the materials and interest of the library community to and re-present it back in through aesthetics means, and so to the invite the once passive audience of the arts to become collaborators and author of the content of the artist.
Working close with the architect and programmer, I was able to have several library functions to parallel use and distribute the different elements of the artwork accordingly without interfering with the library's or the patrons' going about their business as usual.