Council OKs art installation for children's library


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.


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Posted by Bruce Karney
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 10, 2017 at 4:25 pm

This sounds like a great fit for the Library. The sculptures next to the oak trees at the Pioneer Park-side entrance are my favorite pieces of public art in Mountain View.

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 16, 2017 at 8:39 am

I'd second Bruce's comments. If you sit anywhere in view of the oak tree group, on any sunny morning, you can see how popular this art is with residents and library users of all ages, especially those born in this century.

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 16, 2017 at 8:42 am

And thanks to the volunteers serving on the Visual Arts Committee - an official advisory committee of the City Council.

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