Ray Chi and Kathryn Martin-Meurer of the Art and Design Department have been chosen to create art for the Milwaukee Public Library's new East Branch.
There was a "Call for Artists" in November 2013 which received a 22 submissions. Four artists were chosen and presented their project proposal on February 4.
Martin-Meurer’s piece will be part of the interior of the new East Branch of the library, which is currently under construction and will be done Fall of 2014. She proposes what she calls, “Ivy” which will be part of the poetry alcove. It will have an ivy-like appearance made of translucent materials aimed to embody Milwaukee’s East Side. When hit by the light, the piece would cast colorful designs across the wall.
Ray Chi’s installation will reside outside of the new East Branch on North Cramer Street and along North Avenue. He proposes to use the space to engage pedestrians to reflect upon the ideas of community, literature, story and learning. It will have three separate interventions-rack, serpent and boulder- which are to uncover the dreams of the overlooked and under-loved elements within the urban landscape. There is a bike rack, a serpent like strip of grass and the boulder (concrete, rectangular pattern which appears to be a rocky formation set to act as a play area or seating.)
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