Sleeping Man and Chants of the Prairie

by Craig David, 2004

About the art

Prairie is the theme of this outdoor art, which greets visitors as they arrive at the library. Above the mosaic murals made of natural stone, you’ll see prairie-themed poetry etched into cast concrete. Emily Dickinson writes of prairie clover, bees and revelry, while Carl Sandburg’s words call out: “The prairie sings to me in the forenoon and I know in the night I rest easy in the prairie arms, on the prairie heart.”

Artist statement

“The form of the planters themselves, being horizontally proportioned, lends itself best to landscape-related imagery. The prairie of my imagination is one that construes images of fatness or rolling land.”

Funded by Hennepin County Library One Percent for Art program