Ridgedale Library Entryway
by Josh Blanc
at Ridgedale Library - Entrance
Terrazzo tile
Artist's statement: The graphic floor design features bold lines in a single color field connecting and traversing the space. These bands of color will connect with the bands of color on the benches, inviting the viewer into the space. From above, a clear relationship between the lines in the floor and the lines within the aerial sculpture lamp become apparent.
Funded by: One Percent for Art
 
Untitled
by Sheryl Tuorila
at Ridgedale Library - Entrance

Artist's statement: The benches are conceived as four unique pieces. Each bench is constructed as a steel framework inlaid with color and line to relate to both the floor and the aerial sculpture lamp above. Each bench has a band of brightly colored ceramic and glass tile that corresponds to the bands of color in the floor below.
Funded by: One Percent for Art
 
 
 
 
Community Reading Lamp
by Randy Walker
at Ridgedale Library - Entrance
Sculpture
Artist's statement: The large framework of the aerial sculpture acts both as an abstract representation of the library and as a community reading lamp. The sculpture’s frame design is based on the window mullion pattern of the library’s main façade. From the exterior, the piece acts as a beacon to attract visitors as they navigate the parking area. From the interior, the piece interacts with the existing architectural elements of the building and the distant views outside. Viewers beneath the sculpture may peer directly up the tall volume and contemplate the color fibers that traverse its core.
Funded by: One Percent for Art
 
The Story Garden
by Tom Rose
at Ridgedale Library - Children's area

Artist's statement: In conceiving this project, I began with a series of questions that helped me frame my collaboration with the Library, the children and the space itself. I see this Story Garden as a dynamic work that comes to life with the involvement of those who use the space. Each person or group can explore, in a personal way, what a story is where stories come from, and what they mean to us.
 
 
Untitled
by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
at Ridgedale Library - Staircase
Painting
Artist's statement: Once I learned to read, books took me into worlds I had never heard of. Since there were no libraries where we lived, we depended on a bookmobile that came once a month and parked down the road. At the end of the day, I would climb a tree and read books. I learned so many things I wanted to share with my father and sister.” The painting centers on Minnesota, the land, the inhabitants, its history and literature. Quick-to-See Smith selected quotes from books in the Library’s collection that are by or about each of the authors mentioned in the piece. She also pays homage to the various nationalities that helped Minnesota grow by including many of their languages. Images in the painting also pay tribute to Native American values – people, homes, animals, birds, fish, insects, trees, water, transportation, and the land.
 
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