East Bend Library Celebrates First Year Anniversary with New Public Art Installation

Posted By:  Kevin Barclay
Date Posted:  4/24/2012

A wall sculpture by artist Troy Corliss of Truckee, CA is now installed at the East Bend Public Library in the children’s area. The colorful sculpture titled Riparian Botanicals is a composition of different plant shapes and structures that are interwoven into a botanical tapestry. Multi-colored glass leaf clusters are suspended away from the wall by forged steel frames and the various clusters of glass leaves reflect and transmit subtle patterns of color and light on the walls. Riparian Botanicals is inspired by Corliss’s desire to connect the outdoors with the indoor environment.

Cristy Lanfri, member of Art in Public Places said, “Troy's work is a rousing combination of bold steel forms shaping the elements, combined with the fragile, playful beauty of the glass...the wonderful colors are perfect for the children's section of the library, and Art in Public Places is so pleased that the community responded so positively to Riparian Botanicals during our selection process.  We are delighted to have Troy Corliss's work as part of the community collection.

Sample of the art installation

The sculpture by Troy Corliss was selected by the Art in Public Places Committee after a public input process in July 2011. Models by the three finalists were on display at the East Bend Public Library for two weeks last summer.

Many people who visit the public Library may never have an opportunity to visit an art museum,” said Assistant Library Director Kevin Barclay. “Thanks to the beautiful work of Troy Corliss and the dedication of Art in Public Places, the East Bend Library has museum-quality art for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy.

About Art in Public Places: Funding for the public art is coming from Art in Public Places, a non-profit organization that provides art to various locations throughout the City of Bend. The Bend Foundation, a non-profit founded and funded by Brooks Scanlon and Brooks Resources Corporation, recently awarded a $500,000 matching grant to Art In Public Places for the purchase and installation of public art in the Bend city limits by the end of December, 2013. Generous donations from the public raised more than $500,000, resulting in the matching grant which will provide over $1 million for public art by the end of 2013.

About the artist: In 1993 Troy Corliss graduated from the studio art program at the University of California at Davis. While at UC Davis, he studied figure drawing and sculpture. Troy has several pieces throughout California and is currently working on a large installation in Des Moines, Iowa. He lives with his wife in Truckee, CA where he enjoys rock climbing, hiking and backcountry skiing in the Sierra Nevada and beyond.

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