While looking back through some posts I noticed that it was nine years ago when I wrote a post about Reading Sculptures.
I had been to the Pleasanton library to pick up a few books that were on my reading list. I do not go to the Pleasanton library very often anymore as there is now a better inter-library loan system available for me at my home library. However, I always enjoy walking up to their library from the parking lot and seeing two sculptures by Dennis Smith that are in the courtyard area.
This first one is titled “Girl Reading.” It reminds me of many days when I was young where I would go outside and read a book while lying in the grass or on the sidewalk.
The second one is titled “Once Upon a Time.” It also reminds me of my big sister reading to me, or me reading to my younger siblings.
What great sculptures to have in front of a library and for kids to see as they go in to pick out books to read. I can imagine kids stopping to sit on the ledges and read along with the sculptures.
Dennis Smith is a sculptor from Utah and has created many works for public projects. He has a website that highlights some of his work: The Art of Dennis Smith.
Another place nearby with a reading sculpture is the Livermore Outlets.
The sculpture is titled Taking Flight and is by Seth Vandable who is an artist from Texas.
The sculpture is about the love of reading and where reading can take you. I of course identify with the little boy in the sculpture, but also with the little girl who is Taking Flight with her imagination while reading.
Here you can see the face of the little girl. She looks so happy as her imagination takes flight.
Here is a closeup of the little boy totally engrossed in his book.
Lots of reading memories in these sculptures.