“LIBRARY” Letters

by Sara Rothholz Weiner, 1995

About the art

Running along Hennepin Avenue, these seven-foot brushed stainless steel letters became the most visible emblem of the previous Walker Library, opened in 1981, as its two main floors were built underground. Installed during a 1995 renovation to make the library more inviting, the letters were saved during the 2013 demolition to be relocated to the new library, opened in 2014. Now along the west side of the building and visible from reading loft windows, the letters welcome library visitors arriving by car, while pedestrians and cyclists on the nearby Midtown Greenway can sneak a peek from The Mall.