by William Saltzman, 2002
This brilliantly colored nature scene brings a bit of the outdoors into the library, with its tall tree of knowledge, colorful flowers, birds, and beautiful blue skies and waters. Local artist William Saltzman added a few whimsical touches to the windows as well, including a fairy in flight and a small elf door. The serene scene and softly curving lines are intended to help balance out the more angular design of the building itself, providing an oasis of calm in the midst of the bustling library.
“Water means many things to Minnesotans—it could be serenity, depth, change as it transforms through seasons—you can perceive your own personal meaning in any of these elements. That is one of the beauties of art—it makes you think, feel, reflect and transform.”
Funded by the Hennepin County Library One Percent for Art program