Client: Hennepin County, State of Minnesota
Location: Minneapolis, MN, United States
Completion date: 2017
Artwork budget: $92,000
BKBM Engineers, Inc
Glasmalerei Peters GmbH
Glassblade Consultants, LLC
Lisa S Ross
Design & Construction Division- Hennepin County Facility Services
Conceptually and architecturally straightforward, the artwork is composed of two installations in front of the west-facing clerestory windows. As an elegant addition to the library’s interiors, the concept supports the architectural symmetry of the windows and accentuates the sunlight entering through them.
This project’s purpose is to preserve memories of the old library that used to occupy this site, before an expanded new library was built in its place. The old building, with its iconic oversized metal ‘LIBRARY’ installation outside, held many memories for patrons and passersby. This project celebrates the collective memory and continued significance of this place. Both art installations consist of seven glass panels. The panels, positioned at different angles in front of the clerestory windows, form a memorable abstract composition. The panels rotate every hour and, at certain points throughout the day, visually align to spell out the words “WALKER” and “LIBRARY.”
The installation panels are made of laminated tempered dichroic glass, mainly of a golden hue, to complement the color of light monitors at the front of the building. Different colored glass shapes are embedded within each 80” x 30” panel. Every panel is supported by two custom-designed metal brackets, which include movable parts, activated by a quiet motor positioned on structural elements at the clerestory.
The artwork is fully integrated into the building’s design. Like bonded elements, the two installations visually bring together different parts of the building.