by Janet Lofquist, 2006

About the art

This window art may look simple at first glance, but get closer and you’ll discover a whole world of words: excerpts and ideas from Shakespeare, Dr. Seuss, Louise Erdrich, Emily Dickinson, Einstein and others grace the library’s exterior windows. Minneapolis artist Janet Lofquist spent hours perusing East Lake’s book collection, choosing passages from authors near and far to illustrate the knowledge awaiting library visitors within.

Artist statement

“The design of the work for the library’s glass curtain wall resembles the side profile of a book’s pages, suggesting an infinite layering of buried knowledge. With the letters framed by the frosted background, the transparent words become windows of discovery into the library.”

Funded by the City of Minneapolis Art in Public Places Program and the Minneapolis Public Library Percent for Art Program