The Skyline Hills Branch Library opened last week, and both inside and outside the $13 million, 15,000-square-foot building are a series of sculptures by Gail Simpson and Aristotle Georgiades, a Wisconsin-based duo who call themselves Actual Size Artworks.
The series of seven metal sculptures, titled “Bright,” are the latest artworks to be added to San Diego’s civic art collection. The collection includes hundreds of city-owned public artworks that are, in part, paid for by a policy that says 2 percent of certain city-funded construction projects must be set aside for art.
The Skyline sculptures depict fluttering birds or moths clustering around lights.
Simpson said they wanted the art to convey how the library is like a beacon of light that draws people in.
“The idea of a library as a place of shared knowledge and as a community center is central to the very concept,” Simpson wrote in an email.
She said the work also helps to create a visual connection between the inside and outside of the library.