Artist: Richard Heipp
Title: "A to Z, Fables, Facts and Myths"
Medium: Sculpture - Painted Metal
Size: 9' x 48'
Year Installed: 2006
Venue: North Lauderdale Branch Library
On the north side of the library, a series of eighteen (18) cutout silhouette metal forms, painted in black, reveals visual metaphors referencing multicultural notion of Myths and Fables. The central circular diagram representing solar system radiates outward to other circular motifs, complimenting the surrounding architectural design of the expanse of glass windows.
"In all of my public art projects I attempt to create a set of visual and conceptual visual language components that speak directly to patrons pf the facility making the project user specific, as well as site specific. My research for this project evolved to focus on more universal topics surrounding reading, research, illustration and the text itself. I elected to employ a classic silhouette motif (also known as the black arts).
The major inspirations for the silhouette forms were derived from the timeless illustrations of the English illustrator/artist Arthur Rackham. The Library layout suggested my motivation for the project's design: the children's section to the left, moving to reference in the central area, progressing to adult fiction on the far right. I wanted to visually and conceptually address the libraries use and impact on the community by creating visual metaphors references literary themes surrounding a multicultural notion of reading through myth and fable, combined with notions of astronomy and flight."
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