​​​​​​​​​​Ocotillo Branch Library

Constellation of Cultures​​

 

 

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ARTIST:   B.J Krivanek & Joel Breaux
DATE:   2004                                
LOCATION:  Ocotillo Branch Library, 102 West Southern Ave.
TYPE:   Art Installation
MATERIALS:   Mixed Media
BUDGET:    $71,215
DISTRICT: 
ZIP CODE:   ​85041


B.J Krivanek and Joel Breaux suspended a network of 39 colored circular discs within the existing grid of beams built into the library's ceiling.  Each disc features the name of and selected lines of text from a given author.  The lines quoted from each author will always be visible.  The individual authors' names, however, will only become visible when the light above each disc is turned on by a library patron.  The patrons will turn on the lights by activating light switches set into a box resembling an old-fashioned card catalogue set on the floor of the library.  A question relative to each author's writings is paired with each light switch.


Designed in the late 1960's by Benny Gonzales, the architecture of Ocotillo Branch Library is considered historically significant.  Two hallmarks of the architecture are the library's curved, slump block walls and the grid of dark wooden beams built into the ceiling.  Krivanek's artwork maintains the integrity of the slump block walls and integrates seamlessly into the ceiling grid. 


There was a lot of community involvement throughout the project. Numerous workshops were held to identify the authors and concepts that will be celebrated within the project. The project explored themes of multi-culturalism, literacy and discovery by inviting library patrons to actively discover authors from a variety of cultures and points in history.