Castro Valley Library

Public Art Photos by Susan
Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 12:55 am
Filed under: Public Art

Click here to view CSV Public Art ProposalsProposals for public artwork at the future library are now on display.

We are working in collaboration with the Alameda County Arts Commission (ACAC) on the new library’s  Library Public Art Program. Stop by the library to talk a look at the 26 semi-finalists’ proposals. After you’ve had a chance to see them you are welcome to submit comments at the Reference desk in person or through our blog. Click here to preview the proposals. The photos are arranged in five collections. Each collection has one set for each artist.

It would be most helpful to us is you focused your comments around the following:

Describe why this artist may or may not be a good match for the project.

Consider the theme, the artistic style, and materials, the larger community, and the specific location of the artwork in or around the library.

Your comments will be considered by the Art Selection Panel when they reconvene this summer. The collection of comments is not a vote, but will be taken into consideration by the panels.

As with all comments on our blog, we expect comments about the artwork to be given with courtesy and respect of others. The last day to submit comments through the blog is July 4.

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The turnout to view the art projects has been great! Thanks to our friends in the local media, Forum, Daily Reveiw, & Valley times, for the articles you have written. Although you are able see the proposals here on our blog, please come to see them in person if you can. Excitement is building with creek restoration activity at the construction site & art proposals at the Library. This is really happening!

Comment by Donna

1. I think the art proposals at the entry are unnecessary and take away from the architecture of the building. This is something that comes through with the various art proposals on the interior as well. There seems to be a total lack of respect or understanding/consideration (?) for what the Architect is trying to accomplish in creating the space(s) within the building.
2. Most of the proposals seem very loud, look at me. This is a library. The kids room proposals cry out “daycare” for the most part and the adult area proposals are “statement” in scale. I really have no interest in this type of art. What ever happened to framed painting and photography that quietly soothes the soul and inspires? How about a Calder mobile in the kids area.
3. If you need something at or near the entrance look at some of the stained glass panel insets for the doors or find a Moore sculpture to place in the walk leading up to the entry.
4. Please stay away from the faux wood fencing.
5. I did like the photos of the locals, both from a historical perspective and today. But I would rather see smaller (11×17’s)photos and more of them and stress the cultural diversity of the community. Perhaps we don’t need to cover every inch of every wall. Stopping the art at eye level and allowing the wall above to stand on it’s own allows the ceiling to float and create an intimacy at the seating level.
7. Talk to your Architect.

Comment by Stan Stadelman

After attending the town meeting and hearing the ideas expressed by the local community I am disappointed in all of these proposals as none present a sophistication or maturity of design that many participants suggested they would like to see in the art created for our new library. It appears that most of the artists in attendance did not hear community comments. None of the designs cause a “wow, look at that” feeling and would appear to have a very short life span. It is hard to imagine these designs being of interest one year from now, let alone fifty. It is difficult to see how any of the designs presented are going to combine within the spaces of the library to create any continuity. Now is the time to truly evaluate these proposals before any are cast in stone.

Comment by Nyls Jongewaard

Many of the proposals submitted look cluttered, especially those for the teen area. If one of the goals is to inspire young people to read and learn, artwork that leaves room for imagination and inspires personal reflection without being didactic would work best.

Comment by Liz Eva

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