Waunakee Public Library, Suburban Madison, Wisconsin

Submitted by Mark Weller Timestacking Photography

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Client: Village of Waunakee, Wisconsin

Location: Waunakee, WI, United States

Artwork budget: $6,800

Project Team

Artist

Mark Weller

Mark Weller Timestacking Photography

Administrator / Economic Development Director

Todd J. Schmidt

Village of Waunakee

Overview

Imaginative and creative for an anchor institution… appropriate for a municipal library. My collaboration with the Waunakee Public Library in suburban Madison, Wisconsin has resulted in several acquisitions of 2-D limited edition work which reflects the atmosphere and captures the heart of this unique village. My distinctive timestacked photography of the Upper Midwest – and from around the world – are usually 38×60, which makes them signature pieces and are a delightful and positive addition to the atmosphere and mission of the facility.

Goals

Five of my works are in key high-profile areas of the newly constructed Waunakee Public Library. The Village administration request artwork that not only reflects but celebrates the culture and history of the village. I produced “Bridge Over Sixmile Creek” from a popular and centrally located park and now hangs at the entrance of the Board of Directors room. A work titled “Cultivator at Schumacher” reflects the agricultural roots of an old farmstead which is now preserved as a historic county park. It now hangs an an intimate reading / meeting room near the fireplace. I also captured a series of playful images of a children’s carnival ride from an annual summer festival which were hung in the children’s book section. Like all my work, I produce large scale timestacked photographs, meaning I take traditional photography and introduce the element of “time” into the work. The results are painterly like creations that evolve traditional photography beyond the customary landscape.

Process

The village administrator requested I meet with their architectural and design team in which I presented several pieces of my limited-edition work. They ultimately picked five large pieces. A timeline was established, and the deadline was met. Perhaps the highest compliment I received came from one of the interior designers: “I wish we had made more space for art because I would have selected many more of your pieces!”

Additional Information

The new community library was the result of many years of work and is a showcase for the village of Waunakee. This was a very high-profile project! They were very selective of the art to adorn their walls and I was honored and delighted to have my work chosen.