Friday, October 9, 2009

Community members petition Arts Commission

A rendering of the new Bayview Branch Library.

Community members supporting the building of a new branch library in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood are circulating a petition. A paper version of the petition can be found at the current branch library on 3rd and Revere, and an online version of the petition is also available.

A new Bayview branch library has been designed to replace the current building on 3rd and Revere Streets. After over a year of community input into design development, and after a Bayview Hunters Point artist was selected to create interior and exterior art features for the new building, the library project may be put on hold.

The artist of the large brick sculpture, embedded in the exterior wall of the existing building, recently petitioned the library to preserve his work by making design changes to accommodate his sculpture in the new building. Library staff and advisors recommend that the sculpture not be inserted into the design of the new building because it would reduce space for library services, and as it was created for the older building, and is very different from new building and artwork concepts.

All involved support efforts to preserve and remove the older piece. However, the expense and the associated delay to the construction of the new Bayview branch library are at issue.

No comments: