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Library Art

The Sunnyvale Public Library features three pieces of art on permanent display inside and outside of the Library.

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Allegorical Landscape: The Library as a Center of Learning in the Community
Art form: Stained Glass
Location: Non-fiction Collection room
Artists: Elizabeth Devereaux (designer) and Paula Shapiro, Bob Shank and Irmi Steding
Dedicated: 1992

Description: The mountains represent lofty achievement, the river symbolizes knowledge, while the earth, plants and trees are humankind receiving the riches of knowledge.

Art-Tapestry Unfolding Knowledge
Art form: Tapestry
Location: Technology Center
Artists: Yael Lurie (designer) and Jean Pierre Larochette
Dedicated: 1991
Description: Sunnyvale's urban identity as a pioneer in the development of high technology is rendered here through a three-dimensional design of two stylized forms. The background, consisting of organic shapes, is reminiscent of the City's agricultural history, while the horizontal geometric pattern suggests computer technology.
Art-Sculpture Out to Lunch
Art form: Bronze Sculpture
Location: Outside front entrance of the library
Artist: J. Seward Johnson
Dedicated: 1985
Description: This bronze sculpture depicts a young man holding a partially eaten hamburger while reading the book, Nos Han Dado La Tierra from Juan Rulfo's collection, El Llano en Llamas and Pedro Paramo. There are eight editions of the “Out to Lunch” sculptures across the country.
Last Updated: Jun 25, 2021