The Lochwood Library Sculptures
Floating above the spaces of the Lochwood Branch Library are two sculptural works by DFW artist Rex Kare. Ribbons of what seem like paper, wind above the heads of the library patrons as they enter. The first sculpture is graced with the poetry of William Blake from his “Songs of Innocence.” Winding through the main hall of the library, the second sculpture depicts twenty strands covered with different writing systems from around the world - many of which are shared by multiple languages or share similar roots. It is through written tradition that ideas are shared, and that libraries can be repositories for the vast wealth of knowledge that has accumulated throughout history and across many cultures. In keeping with the environmental focus of the Lochwood Branch Library, each sculpture is made from material consisting of a minimum of 40% recycled waste product and is GreenGuard indoor air quality certified.
City of Dallas Public Art Program The City of Dallas Public Art Program was established by ordinance in 1988. Since its inception, the Public Art Program has been administered by the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs and more than 85 public art projects have been commissioned and installed in Dallas. For more information about the City of Dallas Public Art Program, consult the Office of Cultural Affairs website: dallasculture.org/PublicArt.
Look it Up! Using the resources of this library, answer the following questions about the main hall sculpture. 1. How many of the languages are written from right to left? ________________________________________ 2. Japanese uses three scripts. The one shown is Hiragana. Name the other two scripts used to write modern Japanese. ____________________________ 3. How many characters exist in the Chinese written language? ___________________________________ 4. Find these writing systems: ___Armenian
About the Artist
Rex Kare is a North Texas painter and sculptor. He holds a B.A. from the University of Dallas and an M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art. He is an adjunct professor of art at Collin College and University of Dallas. More information can be found at:
Publication # 09/10-33