The Mountain View Library Children’s Services Area will receive a whimsical upgrade by artist Lisa Long.
The renovation will include a wall of glass, with one double-door for adults to enter through and a smaller door for children. Long, an artist specializing in painting and calligraphy, will paint California-native insects, flowers and other plants for the wall in a watercolor-effect style. This installation allows for children to imagine what it would be like to be a few inches tall, according to city staff.
The art project is estimated to cost $30,000, with $8,000 for the artist’s design and the other $22,000 slated for fabrication, delivery and installation.
The city’s Visual Arts Committee selected Long’s “Magical Garden Gateway” proposal out of a pool of 22 applicants. The City Council approved the project on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
In June, the council allocated $3.82 million to modify the library space. As required by council policy, capital improvement projects costing at least $1 million must set aside funds equal to 1 percent of the construction budget to pay for amenities such as public art projects.