What is ReImagining Works?
An actor re-invents an author's character.
A vocalist re-styles a composer's melody.
Now artists will re-imagine a classic work of art from the collection of the Dayton Art Institute, in newly created artwork for permanent display at each of our new Libraries.
Using input from public voting, artworks from the Dayton Art Institute's permanent collection are selected to reflect unique elements of each building's design, setting and history. Click a rendering below to learn about the pieces selected to inspire new original art for the next three locations.
Initial Art Commission to be Installed at the Electra C. Doren Branch Library
The first ReImaging Works project will enhance the new terrace being installed as part of the renovation of the historic Electra C. Doren Branch Library in Old North Dayton. Artist Darren Kall drew inspiration from the painting Stacks in Celebration, by Charles Sheeler. Kall will create eight metal cutout panels to be incorporated into the terrace fence. Each panel will depict a notable Dayton building that relates to the history of the library branch: current or past neighborhood landmarks; buildings designed by Albert Pretzinger, the architect of the Electra C. Doren Branch and Memorial Hall; and iconic Dayton structures from the era in which the branch was built.
"This sketch illustrates what one of the eight panels might look like. In the final sculpture, what is black in this sketch will be steel. The white spaces will be open space allowing light to pass through creating the foreground and background of the image."
- Darren Kall
Click here to read more about the art and artist for the Electra C. Doren Branch Library Project.
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