Art at work

Image of Kaitiakitanga
Created By Gavin Britt, July 2008

I don’t think e-readers are ever going to have the same aesthetic appeal as books. I like the look of books. More than that, I like the look of rooms full of books interspersed with some art .

There are times when I forget to really look at my surroundings, but I do have fond memories of the artworks in Christchurch libraries: the beautiful art deco mirror at New Brighton (by Maureen J. Stewart), the stunning circular carving that graced Bishopdale (pictured right) and the lovely print behind the membership desk at Redwood (Tangaroa: The Fishing Man by Michael Tuffery).

But it is the art at Central that I miss most of all. Which is why I am so taken aback that there aren’t any large glossy tomes on Art in Libraries. It is a book that is crying out to be written.

However you can make a start on exploring this topic with the beautiful Living with books. Move on to look at our library art collection and maybe take a trip down memory lane to visit our Tukutuku panels. You could even treat yourself  to a road trip that takes in cool little art galleries around New Zealand. Or you could just pop along to the staff art exhibition at New Brighton this month where you get to see library art by librarians.

How about  you, do you too still haunt the corridors of long-gone public spaces – glancing from side to side at the art work you maybe took for granted?

4 thoughts on “Art at work

  1. haneta 5 April 2012 / 2:02 pm

    Ae, kei te mihi nui i a koe, i understand and agree with your comments. There is so much wonderful artwork in our community Libraries that really reflect the pulse of our communities. So thank you for bringing this to our attention and reminding us that there are many ways to value and enjoy information and that the awesome creative artwork in our libraries certainly does that

    • robertafsmith 6 April 2012 / 1:37 pm

      Too true, sometimes we need to ask the question: What would life be like without art? Pretty Awful I think.

  2. CharlieBean 7 April 2012 / 1:24 pm

    I do believe that e-readers will, to some degree, replace the physical book as “preferred medium to read on” for some genres, including non-fiction. However, when it comes to art books or other visually stunning publications (I am thinking of the book I have just finished reading called The Empire of Death which is about burial practices in pre-enlightenment Europe – highly recommend!) the physical book is an integral part of the experience of that information.

    • robertafsmith 9 April 2012 / 2:31 pm

      Interesting times with regard to books and e-readers that is for sure.

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