Sculptor and industrial designer Peter Diepenbrock installed Transversion, a 3,000 pound gesture in textured bronze and stainless steel, on the northwest lawn of Main Library on November 16, 2011. No tax dollars were used on this project. All Funds were raised by the Lakewood Public Library Foundation. Tranversion (in case you’re wondering) is a term that the artist borrowed from the science of genetics. You can learn more about why it is such a fitting name and why Diepenbrock was the best choice for the city and the Library by clicking here.
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Lakewood - the life, icons, and times - through the lenses of local artists. Sponsored by the Lakewood Public Library Foundation through the Lakewood Public Library Art Committee.
A generous bequest from Doris Burkley, who taught at Madison School for many years, and support from the Lakewood Public Library Foundation, made possible the commissioning of two murals by Richard Haas in the Main Library Grand Reading Room .
Travel through Lakewood's rich history through the eyes of this world renowned artist. See some of the jewels of our community's rich heritage that caught his eye and are now depicted on the walls of the Grand Reading Room, the jewel of the new library building. On one side, see "City of Schools, Commerce, Industry & Transportation." At the other end find "City of Homes, Apartments and Houses of Worship."
See Richard Haas Murals.
A pre-literacy learning tool for reading readiness expressed as art, designed by the Burgeon Group (www.burgeongroup.com ), a Phoenix design firm dedicated to interactive learning devices for public libraries. There are Burgeon installations at the Main Library and at Madison Branch.
See The Lakewood Observer article, "Learning Lakewood Through Play: Librainium Ruling Hearts and Minds," by Dan Slife.
Watch the Lakewood Librainium Time Lapse video below (if you don't see the video player, click here).
David Deming sculpture of Ohio wildlife on both sides of the entry to the Children’s and Youth Services wing on the north side of the first floor. In this Lakewood-specific installation, one side is the artist’s expression of “lake” and the other side is “wood.”
David Deming is President and CEO of the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) and an internationally recognized artist. He has exhibited in numerous shows, including an American Sculpture Exhibition at the White House, and has works in more than one hundred public and private collections. He recently had a piece commissioned for the John and Mildred Putnam Sculpture Collection on the CWRU university campus. This large, circular, abstract stainless steel piece is characteristic of many of Deming’s works but he is also well known for commemorative busts and plaques.
Deming is a graduate of Lakewood High School. He has a BFA from our Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from the famed Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Before taking the healm of his alma mater, CIA, he was a member of the University of Texas faculty from 1972 to 1998. There, he held the Marguerite Fairchild Professorship, chaired the Department of Art and Art History and served as Dean of the College of Fine Arts.
The beloved Reed Thomason Mural from the old Children's Room has been re-installed in the new Toddlers' Room in the Children's and Youth Services section. Be sure to visit it online also. Do you know all the characters? There might be a quiz!
See Reed Thomason mural.