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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Past and Present Art at Gaithersburg Library

The Muktesvara Arch at the former Gaithersburg Library
Do you remember the beautiful white arch in front of the former Gaithersburg Library building? Designed by artist Mary Ann Unger, the Muktesvara Arch, also known as Gateway to the Mind, was installed in 1988 and remained in front of Gaithersburg Library until the library closed for renovations in May 2010.  The arch, constructed of painted aluminum and concrete, represented a pathway to knowledge and enlightenment for all visitors to the library, with its books and resources for all.

Where's the arch now? It's in the process of being relocated to the Germantown campus of Montgomery College and will be conserved and re-installed there in the near future. 

Leaf mobile above the children's area at renovated Gaithersburg Library


Another view of the leaf mobile at Gaithersburg Library
Have you seen the leaf mobile hanging above the information desk and children’s area of the newly renovated Gaithersburg Library?  The mobile, designed by architect Steve Gerrard of Ann Beha Architects and installed by Acorn Sign Graphics, consists of thin perforated aluminum leaf shapes that dangle and fall in a random pattern from stainless steel wire.  As you can see in the photos above, the autumnal hues add warmth and dimension to the open main hall of the library as light filters through the leaves.


The leaves of the mobile symbolize “leaves” of a paper bound book as well as paying homage to the representative logo of the City of Gaithersburg – the Forest Oak tree!


The official logo of the City of Gaithersburg - featuring an oak tree



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