The Dayton Metro Library has selected four proposals for art installations at the new Burkhardt Branch Library, which is being constructed at Burkhardt and Shedborne Avenues in Dayton. These are the latest commissions in the ReImagining Works project, a partnership between the Dayton Metro Library and the Dayton Art Institute, which places new, original artwork in each new or newly remodeled Library location. The project is funded through an anonymous bequest.
ReImagining Works invites artists to “reimagine” pieces from the Dayton Art Institute’s permanent collection for their new work. For the Burkhardt Branch Library, three pieces from the DAI served as inspiration: Joy of the Waters by Harriet Frishmuth from 1917, Flying Pup King by Yoshitomo Nara from 2000, and Vendedoras De Frutas by Alfredo Martinez from 1937.
The four commissioned pieces are:
Carrie Longley, Brookville, will create a large-scale wall relief entitled A Worm’s Eye View, depicting common woodland flora and fungi.
Deborah Dixon, Xenia, will create five six-foot figural sculptures using paper, reed and wire. The figures will be suspended out from the wall and lit from within by LED lights.
Dayton photographer Tracy Longley-Cook will create 16 cyanotype prints using the lines from unfolded paper airplanes to create the composition.
Hamilton-based InsideOut Studio, which advocates for artists with disabilities, will create a painting based on a design by artist Brett Garrett, with the addition of fused glass works created by the community.
“Each of these artists referenced the DAI inspiration works in exceptionally creative ways using a variety of interesting media,” said Jayne Klose, DML’s Community Engagement Manager. “It’s wonderful that all four artists are new to the Reimagining Works program.”
Two Branch Library construction projects remain: Northmont and Huber Heights. Interested artists are advised to fill out an “Intent to Apply” form to receive notice of Requests for Proposals for these projects.