Art in the Library

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"Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known"  ~Oscar Wilde

The Novi Public Library is home to an amazing collection of unique pieces of art. With an Art Brochure, take a walking tour of the artwork located throughout the Library and on the Library's grounds and learn more about the artists and their work.

Life Tiles

 

The Life Tiles collection consists of 1,600 different hand-crafted ceramic tiles created by local Artist, Educator, and long-time Novi Resident, Connie Lunski. The Life Tiles tell a unique visual story of our living universe from its beginning, billions of years ago, through our civilizations of today. There are 20 different Life Tile displays located throughout the Library:

First Floor

  • Introduction
  • Animals
  • Stories
  • Transportation
  • Prehistoric Earth

Second Floor

  • World Cultures (12 separate displays)
  • Oceania and Poles
  • Americas
  • Plants and Flowers

 Fox 2 News Story on the opening of the Novi Public Library.  Story features Lunski's Life Tiles.

  

Maha Maze

Maha MazeGenerously donated by the Davio family in memory of long-time library patron, Carol Davio, this sweeping, freeform, multi-dimensional sculpture was created by Renee Dinauer. Renee has been creating a plethora of unique, freeform wall and free hanging sculpture formed of steam-bent hardwood since 1990. The sweeping bent elements are dyed, or painted and subsequently glue clamped into ridged forms to be fine finished. She has a great interest in constructivism of all kinds; as sculpture, or even architecture; challenging, traditional material bounds. Her greatest interest involves the study of surfaces, especially those alluding to a four-dimensional topological source, or extrapolation. See the Library’s newest art, displayed on the first floor across from the café.

  

Tree of Life

Tree of LifeIn Loving Memory of Our Friend
Myrtle Locke

The Tree of Life, located in the main lobby behind the check-out desk, is made of metal, and was donated in memory of the Library’s dear friend and long-time patron, Myrtle Locke. Myrtle was a member of the Friends of the Novi Library for over 30 years as well as a Library Board member from 1988-1997. The tree is a representation of the universal symbol for “life”.

 

  

Glass Apples

Glass ApplesAt the top of the staircase on the second floor is the display of 16 beautiful hand-blown glass apples, created by Richard Ritter. Richard is a graduate of Northville High School and the Center of Creative Studies in Detroit. His collections are showcased in the Detroit Institute of Arts, as well as an impressive variety of museums and galleries worldwide. The Library's apple sculpture celebrates the City's history of apple orchards and symbolizes knowledge, associated with many of the resources at the Library.

Also see Richard Ritter's Dragonfly Murrini video.

 

 

Jumping on Books MosaicJumping on Books Mosaic

The Sherrill Berman Activity Room showcases a charming glass mosaic inspired by a classic youth book. The impressive mosaic was designed by local artists, Dani Katsir and Gail Rosenbloom Kaplan, while the mosaic's glass was carefully cut, glued, and positioned by the friends and family of Sherrill Berman.

 

 

 

 

Reading Through Time Mural

Surrounding the Novi Special Race Car in the youth area on the first floor is the aptly titled, "Reading through Time" mural, designed and hand-painted by Michigan Artist, Stacy Schwartz. This intricate mural shows transportation through history, including stories and items of local interest, including Novi landmarks.

 

 

 

 

Three Children Reading Sculpture

As you enter the Library, you are greeted by a beautiful cast bronze sculpture of three children reading on a bench. This sculpture was designed by Randolph Rose of Yonkers, New York and donated by the Friends of the Novi Public Library.

 

 

 

 

The Librarian Sculpture

Standing tall at the main entrance drive as cars enter from 10 Mile Road, is "The Librarian". Formed out of the international symbol for "library", this stunning sculpture was created by highly respected Toledo artist, Jim Havens.

 

 

 

In Good HandsIn Good Hands

This piece of art titled “In Good Hands” was created by artist Sylvia Aruffo and donated to the Library by her parents Ernest and Eva Dawn Aruffo.  

 

  

 

 

Teen Space Art Exhibit

Teen Space ArtThe Novi Public Library has partnered with the Novi High School Art Department to collaborate on an exhibit of student artwork to be displayed in the Library’s Teen Stop on the second floor. Various mediums of art are currently displayed including; acrylic, photography, digital, colored pencil, marker, ink, and more. This current exhibit will run until May of 2015.