​​​​​​​​Burton Barr Library

Wonder of Discovery​​



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ARTIST:   Virginia Senior, Jeff Oesterle and Rose Johnson ​
DATE:   1997
LOCATION:  Burton Barr Library, 1221 N. Central Avenue, First Floor, Children and Young Adult  Section​
TYPE:   Seating
MATERIALS:   Mixed Media
BUDGET:   $35,000
ZIP CODE:  ​85004


​Inspired by the harmony and balance found throughout nature, the artists translated the concepts of organic forms and patterns into children’s furniture and lighting elements that comprise this functional work.

The tables and chairs are full of shapes and forms for children to discover.  Children may recognize a leaf or a shape that resembles a bone as they work or read at a table.  Young children will discover seashells hanging inside the transparent legs of other tables.  Brightly colored chairs have been created especially for younger and older children.  In addition, the artists also created wall and column structures that provide the Children and Young Adult Section of the library with identity.  The artists also created lighting elements and special seating “environments” that allow parents and children to read together.  These large, soft pieces contain shapes that may suggest a snail shell, pea pod or dinosaur spine.  The artists also created a kiosk that will contain information on upcoming library and community events. 

Together, these colorful and unique pieces form a functional artwork designed to excite children’s natural capacity for wonder and discovery.