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.
The making of Transversion was a work of art in and of itself. Watch the video here. A poem by Tom Baskerville Rowland was deemed the official poetic description of Transversion after a 2012 poetry contest. With so many wonderful poems submitted, the Library decided to publish its first book--a collection poems, striking photographs, ingenious math problems devised by clever Lakewood High School students and a little history of the sculpture. The book, Poems and Problems: Inspired by Peter Diepenbrock's Transversion, is now available as a pdf here.
The two entrances to Main Library are lined by the work of Lakewoodites who told the Lakewood Public Library Foundation how they saw Lakewood with their own photographs of the city's icons, daily life and overlooked corners.
The list of artists can be found here.
The world renowned artist Richard Haas added two striking murals the Main Library's Grand Reading Room, thanks to a generous bequest from Doris Burkley, who taught at the Madison School for many years, and the Lakewood Public Library Foundation.
Lakewood's rich and humble history caught the artist's eye as can be seen in the two panels titled "City of Schools, Commerce, Industry & Transportation"and "City of Homes, Apartments and Houses of Worship."
Learn more about the historic scenes depicted in the murals here.
The Burgeon Group, a Phoenix design firm, designed two interactive, pre-literacy learning installations at both the Main Library and the Madison Branch.
Read The Lakewood Observer article, "Learning Lakewood Through Play: Librainium Ruling Hearts and Minds," by Dan Slife to learn more about the theory behind this lighthearted literacy tool.
Watch the installation of the Lakewood Librainium in time-lapse form here.
David Deming created two sculpture groups of Ohio wildlife to grace the sides of the entryway to the Children’s and Youth Services area of Main Library. 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 Library has been reinstalled in the Main Library's Toddler Room. Be sure to visit it online. Do you know all the characters?
See the Reed Thomason mural page for a guide to all of the wonderful characters from classic children's literature.