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New Pinney Library: Public Art

Amongst many exciting plans for the highly anticipated new Pinney Library, The Madison Public Library received funding through the Madison Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places Program and a donation from Madison Public Library Foundation for two unique pieces that will be installed as permanent public art inside (and outside) the space for all to enjoy! 

With an open call for the two public installations, there were over 120 applicants, spanning from artists who live around the corner from Pinney Library to folks from across the country.

Thanks to the help of a selected jury (comprised of library staff, local artists and curators) and two public forums where finalists presented their proposals - we are excited to announce the artists we will be working with for the two pieces at New Pinney Library.

PUBLIC ART PIECE #1: Yeonhee Cheong

This image is a rendering of Cheong’s site-specific piece created for New Pinney Library, please note final color, form, etc may change.

This image is a rendering of Cheong’s site-specific piece created for New Pinney Library, please note final color, form, etc may change.

The content [of the piece] will be the Wisconsin prairie, depicted entirely by hand embroidery stitches...emphasizing the vastness and wavy texture of the prairie that looks as if it will softly embrace if you dive into it. … I firmly believe that the public space in everyday life should be given the best care, especially now, when people have less chances to meet in person due to the development of online social infrastructure.

“Pinney Library was the place to go when my child was a toddler. Right before my child turns one, we moved to Madison...we did not know any one in Madison and did not have many resources for childcare. As a new mom and immigrant, I did not know what to do with my child, particularly in a foreign country. Free library programs offered some chances for my child and I to get out of the house, get to know the U.S. childhood culture, and meet friends in the neighborhood. Unlimited access to the library made my child very comfortable with books and the space...walking to the library is always a pleasant event, with expectation of serendipity.”
-Yeonhee Cheong


PUBLIC ART PIECE #2: Michael Velliquette

This image is a rendering of Velliquette’s site-specific piece created for New Pinney Library, please note final color, form, etc may change.

This image is a rendering of Velliquette’s site-specific piece created for New Pinney Library, please note final color, form, etc may change.

The piece, titled Power Flow, is a sculptural mural about collective interconnectivity. It is the visual formulation of the moments difference and sameness morph into and out of one another. It speaks to the way all phenomena are in flux. It represents the powerful currents and flows of life.

“Our libraries provide a physical space where individuals spanning Madison’s diverse cultural, ethnic, linguistic, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds can come together and engage with their neighbors….the artwork is designed to celebrate the public library’s multiple roles as a nexus for community-building as well as the space for self-enrichment and reflection. This piece will fundamentally explore the theme of interconnectivity. It will assemble differently colored, shaped, and patterned components into a larger unified whole.” - Michael Velliquette, on Power Flow