The front lawn of the Price Hill Branch Library, facing Warsaw Avenue, will become a parklet to engage the neighborhood and visitors to the Library.
Thanks to support from The Library Foundation, opens a new window, CHPL has partnered with local nonprofit ArtWorks to identify a local artist, opens a new window who will create art for the parklet, which will become an engaging presence for all ages and support the Library's strategic priority of Welcoming Spaces. The parklet will incorporate art, seating, and plantings.
About the Art and Artist
Price Hill resident and artist Michael Coppage has been selected to create art for the parklet. Mr. Coppage's submission was the only one that specifically included community engagement, something the Library knows is a priority to Price Hill residents, as we saw during our own work in designing the renovated branch.
Tentatively titled “Off To See The Wizard,” Mr. Coppage’s concept imagines the sidewalk leading up to the library colored to mimic the yellow brick road from the story. The “road" would be flanked by fluted decorative street poles on both sides. Each pole will have street signs each oriented north, south, east and west. This orientation will create intersections that prompt conversation, provoke curiosity and speak about the period of time we live in simultaneously incorporating the language we use.
Community members participated in two engagement sessions on Feb. 15 and 25 where they shared input for the language at the intersections so it is reflective of the place. The design will be engaging and welcoming, easy to navigate by individuals of all abilities and attractive to a diverse and multi-generational audience.
The current block sculpture will remain at the branch and be relocated as part of the Parklet design.
This effort to include art as part of the project is made possible thanks to generous funding provided by The Library Foundation.
Want to learn more about the interior renovation and expansion of Price Hill Branch Library? View photos and videos and read updates about that project, completed in April 2021.
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