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White Rock Branch Library Features One-Of-A-Kind Art

on April 12, 2019 - 7:49am
Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board Member Pete Carson stands in front of the fireplace at the White Rock Branch Library where the glass woven kites will be installed. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
A rendition of the new artwork being installed at the White Rock Branch Library. Courtesy image
Los Alamos Daily Post

Right now, the fire place at the White Rock Branch Library is just a blank space but soon it will feature artwork that is truly one-of-a-kind.

In October, Los Alamos County Council approved to purchase eight glass woven kites created by artists Eric Markow and Thom Norris. The installation of the pieces, which are titled “Kites of Many Colors,” begins April 25 and the dedication ceremony is 2 p.m. April 28 at the branch library.

The total cost of the project is $60,000.

Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board Member Pete Carson championed the project. He said as far as the Arts in Public Places Board knows, these pieces are unique to all other art.

“To the best of our knowledge these are the only glass woven kites in existence,” Carson said.

Besides being one-of-a-kind, Carson said he feels the pieces will be a great addition to the County’s public art collection.

“I think it’s going to be very classic,” he said.

He said the kites pay homage to the Los Alamos Arts Council’s annual Kite Festival, which is held at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Furthermore, Carson pointed out that there isn’t a lot of art in the White Rock Branch Library and library staff said the artwork ties in to the branch library’s theme, which is flight.

“The Art in Public Places Board has been trying to ensure we have a board range of art,” Carson said. “In an effort to try to broaden the art we have we thought this was unique.”

Markow and Norris, according to their website, have exhibited around the country and have been featured in several publications as well as national broadcast stations, including CBS Sunday Morning and FOX Morning News. They create their woven glass using glass flame work and glass fusing.

Carson said the Arts in Public Places has worked for a year and a half on this project. He explained the board put out an open call for art and received two dozen responses. Acquiring a piece from Markow and Norris was one of the suggestions.

The installation of “Kites of Many Colors” is one of several projects the board is working on.

Carson said Council approved the board’s recommendation to purchase a sculpture by artist Evelyn Rosenberg. The board is planning for the piece to be displayed at Ashley Pond. Originally, the board recommended purchasing one of the sculptor’s pieces for the Canyon Rim Trail underpass but Council did not approve it.

Rosenberg is a nationally recognized artist. She utilizes a process called detonography, which uses controlled explosions to create intricate metal sculptures. Carson said the new piece presented to Council for approval is a smaller scaled piece compared to first one proposed for the underpass.

He added the board is also pursuing sculptures for Urban Park and the White Rock Senior Center. Additionally, board is looking at a painting to commemorate the anniversary of Fuller Lodge, which would be installed at the lodge.

Carson said these and other public art serve a valuable purpose in the community.

“I think it makes Los Alamos a very enjoyable place to live,” he said.

A sample of a woven glass kite that is part of the ‘Kites of Many Colors’ project being installed over the fireplace in the White Rock Branch Library. Courtesy photo