One of eight woven glass kites to be installed next week over the fireplace in the White Rock Branch Library. Photo by Kevin Allen
Another of the eight woven glass kites to be installed next week over the fireplace in the White Rock Branch Library. Photo by Kevin Allen
The newest artwork in the Los Alamos County’s art collection, “Kites of Many Colors” in the White Rock Branch Library, will be dedicated at a ceremony at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 28.
Artists Eric Markow and Thom Norris will be present for the ceremony, hosted by the Arts in Public Places Board.
The APPB commissioned the artwork for the White Rock Branch Library after a White Rock resident responded to the Board’s call for entries in 2018 with the suggestion that Markow and Norris be commissioned to create a custom piece. They have devised a unique way of weaving and shaping glass to create visually stunning art.
All of the artwork in the White Rock Branch has the theme of flight. Outside the library there is “Flying Folds” by Kevin Box and Robert Lang, a sculpture that portrays an origami crane. In the foyer of the building, there is a piece that shows what that origami crane would look like if it were unfolded and pressed flat. There are six photographs by White Rock photographer Martin Cooper in the library, all portraying birds.
The artists are traveling from their studio in Maryland to install the work Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, in order to have it installed in time for the Kite Festival in White Rock.
The Kite Festival is put on by the Los Alamos Arts Council each year. This year it will be held on the weekend of May 18 and 19.
The Arts in Public Places program in Los Alamos County is funded by 1 percent from the county’s capital improvement projects and one-half percent from road construction projects. The Arts in Public Places Board is comprised of five volunteers who identify and propose artwork to the County Council. The purpose of the program is “to encourage the integration of art into the architecture of municipal structures, increase the general public awareness of art, to visually enhance the community, to capture a part of our history for future generations, to promote the establishment of a collection of art with the works of artists who live or work, or who have lived or worked in Los Alamos County having a priority.”
The APPB meets at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month in the Boards and Commissions Room in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave., in Los Alamos. The public is welcome to attend.