Earlier this week, I attended the dedication of the sculpture “Hidden in the Pages” by Williamsburg area artist Cyd Player. This large sculpture consisting of a book with pages flying from it graces the wooded area across from the front entrance of the James City County Library.

The sculpture is a project of the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation and was made possible through the Estate of Lawrence J. Bour and the generosity of Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation donors. It is  the result of a long process that included the efforts of a Foundation committee in soliciting concepts from sculptors, working with the Foundation Board in selecting a winner, determining with James City County the proper site for the work, contracting with Michael J. Hippel Builders to construct the base for the work and obtaining the assistance of the James City County Grounds staff for its installation.  Throughout the whole process Benjamin Goldberg, the Library’s Development Officer, spent many hours coordinating the project.

At the dedication ceremony several individuals approached me to express their appreciation for the Library having a piece of public art at the facility. I was delighted to hear their response.

In 2002 the Foundation coordinated through a similar process  the purchase of two works by Willy Ferguson for the Williamsburg Library. These works were made possible by a generous donation from Louisa F. France. The armillary sundial and the book sculpture have received many positive  public comments since then. The book sculpture has been highlighted in local publications.

Click here for a view of these sculptures.

As a library director, I view the library as a place for the presence of art on both a short-term and permanent basis.  Patrick Golden, Program Services Director, coordinates the use of the Williamsburg Library Gallery space. Each time I come through the area, my spirits are lifted. I am in awe at the wide variety of  media and artistic talent on display here throughout the year.

Art is an essential aspect of the human experience. Through its presence the lives of those who work here or use us are enriched in ways that we often can not comprehend.

I am thankful for the thoughtful generosity of individuals such as Louisa F. France and Laurence J. Bour and for the work of the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation in providing permanent public art for our library locations.

So long for now!