On your way into the library we have a few pieces of art to greet you.
The first piece you will find here is the tile mosaic you will see when entering our library. This was created by Sheila Geglio and artist from Artworks here in Big Rapids.
The next piece of artwork is the statue of Anna Howard Shaw, who was born in England, but was raised in Green Township of Mecosta County. Her work with Susan B. Anthony resulted in the passing of the 19th Amendment. The statue was sculpted by Lloyd Radell on October 9, 1988.
The stairs is home to many fantastically painted characters, all created by Gordon Mallett. Some have arms and legs, while others have wings, or even tentacles. While heading up or down on our stairs make sure to take a look at all the different paintings, and even learn some history along the way.
The Children's Room
The Children's room has some interesting pieces, and our young readers can really get up close and personal with the artwork. Once piece is hidden near the back shelves. The Alphabet Column was painted by Gordon Mallett who began working at the library in 2017. Can you name each image painted in the letters? Mallett also painted The Height Column found on the opposite end of the Children's room.
Another piece of art you will find in the Children's room is Child Reading Storybook. This piece was made by Motawi Tileworks and is based on a piece produced in 1927. This version was originally commissioned by the Washington Square Public Library in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Here at the Big Rapids Community Library our piece is dedicated to former Friends of the Library President, Mary Balestra Ryan.
Just Hanging Around
Another piece of art you will find is in the media room, is Enfolded By Beauty. This piece of art was a collaborative piece with Linda Stephen. Stephen gave a workshop on origami, the Japanese art of folding paper, to over 400 people from the big Rapids community, ages 3 to 90. The participants at Artworks and area schools worked together to make more than 1,500 tiny origami tulips in an array of colors that were added to this piece of art. The piece depicts a spring scene at Mitchell Creek Park looking south towards downtown Big Rapids.