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Artist: Catherine Wagner (2011)

Internationally-recognized photographer Catherine Wagner created a dynamic architectural frieze that investigates ideas about knowledge, nature, wonder and discovery. This frieze is installed on the clerestory walls of the library entrance, and consists of printed images laminated to aluminum panels. Source material for the photos includes trees, rocks and plants from Overfelt Gardens, as well as Chinese Scholars’ Rocks from some of the preeminent collections in the United States.

Integrated into the installation at the west end of the building is the signage for the Library’s “Tech Connect” area. This sign is comprised of two parts — the practical wayfinding text, and the surrounding cellular image forms. The cellular pattern was made using Voronoi diagrams for points that are algorithmically distributed through the panel and concentrated within the letter forms. So, abstractly the cells are defined by the letters and the surrounding images themselves. The “Tech Connect” sign was designed by Michael Thompson of Coded Meaning, a frequent collaborator with Ms. Wagner.

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Report a Concern: (408) 793-4330 or publicart@sanjoseca.gov.

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