That's because an exhibit on library grounds, held for the first time last summer, has returned with 25 new works by 20 contemporary sculptors.
"We were thrilled to see everything new," said
Last year's exhibit helped celebrate the 40th anniversary of the
It drew people from all over the country, Fiore said, who would ask her to take their pictures with the sculptures.
That positive reaction is why Guadagno was happy to organize this year's show, which runs through
"The public loved it, the library loved it, and I was willing to do it," he said. "It's a cooperative effort from all three elements."
Some of the returning sculptors appreciated the reception they got in
"This is a very young artist," Guadagno said. "It's got this element of growth, lifting; it's not just spatial."
In the exhibition guide, Kern said he created this sculpture in part to memorialize his grandfather.
"The forms are reaching upwards toward the sky for him," he wrote. "He was an ornamental iron worker by trade and one whose worked I admired. This sculpture commemorates the life he lived and the skills he passed on to me."
Most of the sculptors in the show come from the six
The latter group includes
"It's very architectural; he does work for architectural settings," Guadagno said. "I like it because it encompasses space extremely well -- the curves, the lines, the floating ball in the air. If you notice the negative area, the space between the lines, it integrates the negative with the positive. It captures an open space quite well."
The works range from figurative pieces like
The latter features three glass spheres, supported on posts inside a polished steel frame that rests on legs fixed to a base.
"The focus of this is form, which is very important to me, and introducing the value of light and color," he said.
The sculptures use a range of materials, from steel and granite to plastic and plaster, and change their appearance with the daylight and weather.
"Circle Dance" by
"It's incorporated with the surroundings," Guadagno said. "However the surroundings contribute or change with the elements, so does the sculpture.
"That's what art should do -- make you aware of the elements of nature."
He thinks the library lawn is not only a beautiful natural setting, but also an excellent public space, with plenty of exposure to people driving and walking by.
Guadagno curated the show, selecting the sculptures and arranging them on the lawn to contrast with and complement each other.
One of his key decisions was choosing a sculpture to place at the front of the lawn, in a spot near the library entrance that was occupied last year by an enormous giraffe. This summer, library visitors are greeted by an equally imposing piece by
The curved and twisting figure made of polished steel has six projecting ducts or tubes. The whole piece suggests a number of functions from nature and technology, without being limited to any one of them.
"I was trying to make a statement in terms of the attraction and value of form, independent of association with a known object," Guadagno said.
In the same way that people go to the library to learn from books and computers, he thinks they will get a visual education from walking through the exhibit.
"When people learn about art," he said, "they are no longer handicapped with the idea, 'it looks like.'"
What: "Celebrating the Art of Sculpture," outdoor exhibit by 20 contemporary sculptors
When: Now through
Where: On the lawn,
Information: For more information, call
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