by Seitu Jones and George Roberts, 2005

About the art

This wood sculpture in the library entry honors the cultural history of North Minneapolis. It’s made of “ancestor wood” from trees indigenous to eight cultures that have shaped the area. And local artists Seitu Jones and George Roberts have engraved words from those eight cultures into the wood, representing the seeds of ideas, cultural exchange and community. Also snuck in: a little wood from the original bookshelves at Sumner, honoring the heritage of the library itself.

Artist statement

“‘Sedimentary’ celebrates the layer upon layer of cultural history embedded in the earth of North Minneapolis. … Separate cultures give and take from each other in order to become a community with shared stories. Sumner Library has served as the beacon, the passage, and the gateway to success for each of these communities.” 

Funded by the Minneapolis Public Library percent for art program