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Metamorphosis: Transformation In the Woods and Trees of Knowledge

Artist: Lucy Liew (2008)

All over the world, trees have figured in ancient myths, and rituals, and many trees of legend are also a source of knowledge. The artist inspired by this and further intrigued by the transformation of butterflies, and that as a metaphor for the human life process from childhood to maturity. With these ideas in mind Ms. Liew created Trees of Knowledge: two "trees" formed by integrating painted elements, positioned to suggest treetops, onto columns of the building. Their shape also echoes that of butterfly wings and each is painted with rich, colorful mythological imagery. Ms. Liew suggests that these, "serve as a gateway to the world of imagination and learning that await the visitors to the Children's section of the library."

Ms. Liew's Metamorphosis - Transformation in the Woods is a painting in the form of butterfly wings. Located in the Storytelling Corner, these are positioned so as to frame the storyteller. Colorful imagery on the wings references characters from classic fairytales, nursery rhymes set in the forest, and folklore and is intended to inspire positive themes for young readers.

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