The Kettering-Moraine Branch of the Dayton Metro Library has undergone extensive remodeling that features expanded spaces, flexible community rooms and a bright new children’s area. It also features three original art installations, commissioned especially for the Library as part of the ReImagining Works project.
ReImagining Works invites artists to use pieces from the Dayton Art Institute’s permanent collection as inspiration for new artwork to be installed at all Dayton Metro Libraries. The project is made possible by an anonymous bequest.
For the Kettering-Moraine Branch Library, which reopens Monday, October 17, after months of renovation, two pieces from the DAI collection served as inspiration: Celebration by Christopher Ries, and the Trunk with Japanese Family Crest Design from the Edo Period. Artwork by three regional artists has been installed at the Library:
Faceted Edge by Gail Christofferson, Bowling Green – Inspired by Celebration, Christofferson and collaborator Debra Buchanan created this naturally reflective, colored glass mural.
“Our design incorporates the dynamic, angular forms of Ries’ work, expressing the energy and implied motion on an essentially flat surface,” said Christofferson. “Rendering the design as a glass mosaic allows additional exploration of the refraction of light and the resulting combinations of colors.”
Unexpected Outcomes from Improbable Pairings by Mike Elsass, Dayton – Elsass references the shape of Celebration in his three-piece work painted on weathered steel.
“I was inspired by the unique shape and multi-faceted surface of Ries’ Celebration, which motivated me to create a work of separate sections, each with their own unique identity, but fitting together as a whole,” said Elsass.
Luminaries by Marsha Monroe Pippenger, Dayton – 12 individual paper collages represent people, places and events important to the Kettering-Moraine community. Chosen by the people of Kettering, depictions include Charles and Virginia Kettering, Hills and Dales MetroPark and Bart Simpson, who is voiced by Kettering native Nancy Cartwright.
“Luminaries reflects the design and pattern of the mons on the Japanese trunk as well as their symbolic nature to showcase the history, people and accomplishments of the community,” said Pippenger. “The luminaries were chosen by the people of Kettering and Moraine to honor them and to link past histories to the present and future.”
The Kettering-Moraine Branch Library’s Grand Reopening takes place on Monday, October 17, 3:30-6:30 p.m. and regular operating hours resume on Tuesday, October 18, 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. The Library is located at 3496 Far Hills Avenue.
For more information, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org/Works/Kettering or call (937) 463-BOOK.