Public art project starts

Posted: Monday, March 13, 2017, 9:55 am

Have you heard? The popular woodland creatures from Worthington Libraries' last two summer reading clubs are about to be immortalized in bronze!

Maquette of Reading with Friends sculpture by Michael Tizzano

Maquette of Reading with Friends sculpture by Michael Tizzano

That's right, Winston (an owl), Ricky (a raccoon) and Asparagus (a fox) will be incorporated into a sculpture that, when finished, will be permanently installed outside along High Street at Old Worthington Library.

Commissioned by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, the sculpture will be a more realistic depiction of the three animals (rather than the cartoon-like critters featured on summer reading club materials), who will be seated on a log sharing books.

Starting today (March 13) you can watch the piece take shape— literally— as sculptor Michael Tizzano will be working on the exciting project in the library's lobby. Stop by on Mondays from 3-8pm, Tuesdays from 10am-3pm and Thursdays from 12-5pm to watch his progress and ask questions.

Tizzano's on-site work in the library is expected to continue through October, when the sculpture, called Reading with Friends, will be sent to a foundry in Baltimore, MD. The Library plans to unveil it at a public event in spring 2018.

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