Artwork in front/drop box in back

March 26, 2008
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Yesterday I had my first encounter with the new Central Library’s conveyor-belted drive-up drop-off box. And in its own small way, it made me like the library even more — especially when I received a courtesy call saying that we had forgotten to include all of the DVDs in the “Arrested Development” boxed set. (Darn kids.)

The drop box. The courtesy call. The e-mailed three-day reminders. The efficient online holds. The comfy chairs. The subtle face-front displays of interesting titles in each department. Ignoring, for a moment, the issue of cost, staffing, etc., there’s a lot to like in our library.

As for the Peter Shelton art that’s being installed on the pedestals out front, I’ll hold off on judgment until I see it … except to say that while I admire the artist’s work — and see merit in these pieces — I have to be convinced that they make sense in this location of  this building. We’ll see when they are installed later this year.

In the meantime, of course, feel free to offer your comments here — on the artwork or other aspects of the Central Library.

Your thoughts?
  • If you want a preview of Shelton's work one of his sculptures, titled irondress, is at the Indianapolis Art Center's main entrance. On loan from the L.A. Louver Gallery in Venice, CA.

    Do you like it?

    Indianapolis Art Center
  • That drop box rocks!
  • I like the pieces, but also agree they don't look like a good match with the building, at least in the artist rendering.

    But at least they're not Tom Otterness sculptures.
  • I already posted my on them:
  • I suppose the sculptures are no more out of place on the front of the building than the gigantic chrome can is on the back of the building. Now, I've finally been inside the new wing, and it is breathtakingly gorgeous on the inside. It's just unspeakably, hideously incongruous on the outside. So, really, the external image of the library has little to lose at this point. All is forgiven once you walk in the door.
  • As far as I can tell from one rendering, I like them.

    And I like the incongruity of the exterior. It's quickly become one of the most stimulating areas in Indianapolis.

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