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January 21, 2014 > Artist chosen for San Lorenzo Library Expansion Project

Artist chosen for San Lorenzo Library Expansion Project

Submitted By Guy Ashley

The Alameda County Arts Commission is pleased to announce that artist Stephen Galloway has been recommended by a selection committee to create the public artwork associated with the San Lorenzo Library Expansion Project. Galloway was selected by a committee including five San Lorenzo residents plus Library staff and a regional art professional. The committee selected Galloway through an open, competitive process. They interviewed five artists who created proposals for the project. The committee also reviewed and discussed the comments collected from 134 community members. The five artistsÕ proposals were on display for public comment for three weeks at the Library and the San Lorenzo Village HomeownersÕ Association, as well as online.

As part of the expansion project, the public artwork includes images printed onto the glass of 16 tall windows in the new construction as well as other surfaces in the existing part of the building. The artwork on the windows will be viewable from both inside and outside of the library. GallowayÕs artwork is made from photographs of San Lorenzo and the neighboring areas. In his proposal he says the images are Òimpressions and ideas, reflections of what this place feels like.Ó The imagery includes vistas and landscapes and references to the areaÕs agricultural past. The compositions are tied together through images of a sycamore tree canopy which is continued throughout the windows.

GallowayÕs proposal can be viewed online at: http://www.acgov.org/arts/pdfs/SGalloway_Proposal_SLZ_web.pdf. For more information about the public artwork, contact the Alameda County Arts Commission at (510) 208-9646.

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