De Madera

by Robert Wilder, 1968

About the art

In 1968, the library showed a collection of artworks by Edina resident Dr. Robert Wilder, a mix of pieces in wood, stone, wire and metal. One of those sculptures, “De Madera,” ended up staying much longer than the rest. The library decided to purchase the sculpture of a head, and it’s been a library fixture ever since. Crafted from rich Mexican wood, it offers lovely contrast between the smooth, stark, graceful lines of the sculpture’s face and the tactile texture around it. “De Madera” was the first sculpture Dr. Wilder ever agreed to sell.

Donated by the Edina Woman’s Club and the Edina Library Fund