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In 1808, an act of legislature empowered Daniel C. Cooper to amend the original plat of Dayton and set apart 10 in lots of land as the "˜commons', as they called it, for the use of the citizens. In 1838, the "˜public square' as the park was then called, was planted with fine forest trees and looked on as "˜an ornament to the town'. The fountain graced the center of Cooper Park. #tbt https://facebook.com/DaytonMetroLibr… http://bit.ly/2aue9Ts https://facebook.com/DaytonMetroLibr…

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Summer Challenge Finale
Today at Huber Heights (12:00 AM)
Log your hours, get your prizes, and have some fun!…

Crafty Friday!
Today at Northwest (12:00 AM)
Have some fun on your own making the craft of the week!  All materials prov…

Free Craft Friday
Today at Huber Heights (9:30 AM)
Stop in anytime for everything you'll need to make a craft at the library or at …

Adult GED Classes
Today at Main (10:00 AM)
Begin your preparation for the GED with FREE Adult GED Classes offered by Miami …

Talk Tables
Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Want to practice your English conversation skills with a friendly face at the Li…

Internet Applied
Today at Main (2:00 PM)
Let's learn how to navigate the World Wide Web. Internet Applied, second of a th…

Reading Buddies
Today at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Do you feel that your child needs a little more practice reading? Stop by the Re…

Fitness Friday: Dance Party
Today at W. Carrollton (4:00 PM)
Come to a library dance party.  Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and yo…

Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime
Tomorrow at Burkhardt (9:45 AM)
Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, finger plays, and stories, all to encourage e…

Grants 101
Tomorrow at Miami Twp. (10:00 AM)
Are you a new Development Professional or a nonprofit staff person charged wit…

Downloadable: All things Downloadable through your Dayton Metro Library
Tomorrow at Main (10:00 AM)
Discover DML's Downloadable Digital Media, find free books, music, videos and mo…

Preschool Storytime
Tomorrow at Burkhardt (10:30 AM)
Support your child's early literacy development at this interactive family story…

Family Storytime
Tomorrow at Northwest (11:00 AM)
Have quality time with books, songs, and activities for parents and children to …

Ice Cream Social
Tomorrow at Northmont (1:00 PM)
Celebrate a summer of reading with ice cream. While supplies last. …

"Brush Before the Brain"
Tomorrow at Miami Twp. (1:00 PM)
"Brush Before the Brain".  Mike Elsas believe that everyone has an artist h…

Yoga for Teens
Tomorrow at Trotwood (1:30 PM)
DAY YOGA presents "Get In The Game: "Four Week Yoga Practice" The Teens/Tweens w…

Kids READ
Tomorrow at Belmont (1:30 PM)
First to Third Graders -- book some time with the children's librarian! Stop by …

Summer Challenge Wrap Up: Lollipop Puppet Theater
Tomorrow at EC Doren (2:00 PM)
Finish up the Summer Challenge by enjoying puppet shows for the whole family!&nb…

Summer Challenge 30 Hours Party!
Tomorrow at Vandalia (2:00 PM)
Talk to your reading friends and enjoy a snack.   Meet Cosmo, the Dayton Me…

Reading Buddies
Tomorrow at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Do you feel that your child needs a little more practice reading? Stop by the Re…

Open Computer Lab
Tomorrow at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Designed to allow more time for practice, Open Lab is your opportunity to get ad…

Get in the Game: Closing Ceremonies
Tomorrow at Miamisburg (3:30 PM)

Dayton Christian Poetry Slam
Tomorrow at Northwest (7:00 PM)

Adult GED Classes
Monday at Main (10:00 AM)
Begin your preparation for the GED with FREE Adult GED Classes offered by Miami …

Computer Basics
Monday at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
This hands-on class is for people with little to no computer experience. There w…

On Your Mark, Get Set, Have Fun!
Monday at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Join us for library style Olympics with standing book jump, book bowling, bean b…

Summer Challenge Closing Ceremonies
Monday at East (3:00 PM)
Join us for fun activities and games in the final event of the Summer Challenge.…

Monday Funday: Gaga Ball
Monday at W. Carrollton (3:00 PM)
Everyone is going ga-ga over gaga ball.  This fast paced, high energy game …

Lego Block Party
Monday at Burkhardt (4:00 PM)
Attention, Lego enthusiasts: Bring the whole family to the Library for an epic b…

Teens Make Stuff + Things: Knitting, Etc.
Monday at Northwest (4:00 PM)
Teen knitters, crocheters, spinners, and needle workers of all levels invited. C…

           

ReImagining - Miami Township

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About the Miami Township Art Installation

Stefan Cinov | Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Stefan Chinov holds anMA from the National Academy of the Arts in Sofia and an MFA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. His work has been shown across the United States and internationally. Currently he teaches sculpture and drawing at Wright State University. Visit his website at www.stefanchinov.com.

Stefan Chinov (b.1968) American (b. Bulgaria), FOUR LOZENGES, 2015, Cast and dyed reinforced concrete.
Collection of the Dayton Metro Library, 2015.7

Chinov’s work was inspired by the Shang Dynasty Ritual Wine Vessel from The Dayton Art Institute’s permanent collection. Through drawing, modeling and casting Chinov engages in a reductive process that condenses his subjects to sensory entities rather than true representations.

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The Stories Behind the Miami Township Art Inspirations

From the What is a Masterpiece? Collection at the Dayton Art Institute

mtvesselRitual Wine Vessel (jue), Chinese Bronze

Stronger than iron, bronze meant power. The Shang dynasty used bronze weaponry, and bronze ritual vessels like this one were perceived as weapons in their own right; weapons against evil spirits and natural disaster. The three legs of this jue, or ritual wine vessel, elevated it above hot coals so that heated wine could be offered in tribute to the ancestors' spirits. This spectacular sculptural form represents another exploration area: an object that contains an associated meaning ... an analogy for the way in which library materials hold ideas.


See the piece and learn more by clicking here or visit Gallery 113 at the DAI.
Artwork commissions for this building have been selected. Read the Press Release

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