by Mark Reigelman (2013)
A great field trip destination for homeschoolers, parents, and kids of all ages- this summer, Cleveland Public Library's Eastman Reading Garden features the nest of a mysterious creature. Do you have a story to go along with the sculpture! What other symbols can you discover in your odyssey through the library and outdoor garden?
For centuries, objects in nature have been associated with knowledge and wisdom. Trees of enlightenment and scholarly owls are particularly prominent in this history of mythological objects. Reading Nest symbolizes growth, community, and knowledge while embodying these mythical roots. A symbol of the "owl" is seen on the exhibit cases in the JGW Exhibit Corridor, and symbols of griffins is at the entrance of Main Library. Oh, by the way, an actual live owl has been seen in the garden as well
The color of the nest was inspired by the legendary Griffin. This king of beasts, with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, is said to have made its nest of pure gold and protected it ferociously. Sculpted stone Griffins can be seen standing guard at the entrances of many civic buildings including Cleveland Public Library.
Reading Nest was designed by New York-based artist and Cleveland Institute of Art graduate Mark Reigelman. Built with discarded wood collected from local industrial and manufacturing sources located throughout the city, it reinforces the notion of community and highlights Cleveland Public Library as a resource for everyone.
Reading Nest is the fourth installation of the annual See Also program, which brings temporary works of art to the Eastman Reading Garden at Main Library. See Also is a collaborative effort between Cleveland Public Library and LAND studio. The program is funded through an endowment established by the late Lockwood Thompson, a trustee of the Library and avid art collector.
Questions, comments can be directed to Pam Eyerdam in Fine Arts & Special Collections 623-2848.
Keep in mind that one of the features of Special Collections at Cleveland Public Library is our collection of folklore, folktales, and mythology.
Website to view slideshow -- http://www.land-studio.org/our-work/reading-nest