Alphastory

Alphastory, an integrated art installation with multiple components.

 

Artist:  Claire Satin

Title:  "Alphastory"

Medium:  Integrated Art -Installation w/Multiple Components

Size:  11' x 17' mural

Year Installed:  1998

Venue:  Pembroke Pines/Walter C. Young Resource Center


Description

Claire Jeanine Satin, the internationally-exhibited Broward County book artist and sculptor, designed the multi-faceted Alphastory for the Pembroke Pines Branch Library, Walter C. Young Middle School Resource Center.

  • Alice in Wonderland' tile wall design includes a quotation from "The Annotated Alice," the history of letters and numbers, and a Braille translation of the quotation.

  • Suspended Band' above the library information desk includes a quotation from William Blake: "Reader, Lover of Books, Lover of Heaven"

  • The Yellow Brick Road' 165 ft. processional walkway between the library and middle school; embedded water jet cut pavers depicting a series of Roman alphabets, interspersed with historical alphabet images in sandblasted filler pavers

  • Hieroglyphic Walkway' from the parking lot into the library lobby, 100-ft. tile pavers design based on hieroglyphic and alphabet images

Artist Statement

"The idea is based on the history and development of the written language/alphabet, presented in a direct and visually evolutionary manner. It is meant to be appealing and instructional to both adults and children. The choice of the content recognizes the alphabet/writing as the fundamental building blocks of a Library for reading, learning, research, communication; man's most profound invention."

 

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