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Sculpture mural on display at Bloomfield library

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

(By Sabrina Westfall) Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Public Library circulation manager Tasha Hudson and cataloger Mary Witte checked out the details of the sculpture mural Wednesday afternoon. The mural depicts several Bloomfield-related scenes, including the logo of the library -- a world of information at your fingertips. [Order this photo]
The Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Public Library main branch now has the aluminum sculpture mural on display that many residents contributed to last year.

Sculpture Trails Traveling Foundry was at the library during the 2012 Bloomfield Apple Festival to allow patrons to do their part to complete the mural.

Scratch blocks depicting scenes of Bloomfield designed by Bloomfield artist Wyatt LeGrand were available at the library grounds last year.

Library Director Cassandra Thompson said 166 individuals helped to create the mural that now sits on the west side of the library, just outside the main entrance of the library on Franklin Street.

The mural includes images of the gazebo in the Bloomfield Town Park, the covered bridge, an apple for the Bloomfield Apple Festival, artistic designs and other easily recognized Bloomfield-related scenes.

Thompson noted the logo of the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Public Library is also featured on the mural.

The hand with the earth sitting in it is representative of having "a world of information at your fingertips", Thompson explained.

The mural was placed Friday, and Thompson said it is perfect timing for the piece of art work to be placed as the Bloomfield Apple Festival is just around the corner.

Thompson noted the library was thankful for several people and organizations who helped to make having the mural on site a possibility.

Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum Traveling Foundry was on site to assist with scratch blocks, then pour the aluminum for the project.

Thompson added Michael and Sons, Inc. acquired the limestone for the mounting, and Holt Monuments put the mural in place.

A grant from the Greene County Foundation also helped to make the mural a possibility.

A plaque on the back of the limestone mount gives a thanks to those who assisted with making the mural a reality, and also a thanks from Sculpture Trails.

"It's exciting and it looks beautiful. The limestone goes well with the architecture of the building," Thompson said.

She noted there have been several people stop by to check out the mural, and she hopes those who helped create it during last year's Apple Festival will come by the library to see the finished product.

"This is something the kids who worked on the project can bring their kids to see one day," Thompson said.

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