New art installation helps celebrate 150th anniversary of Burlington Public Library


Published October 28, 2022 at 2:20 pm

A new community art project to help celebrate Burlington Public Library’s 150th anniversary has recently been installed.

The series of 150 circular paintings made by library staff and community members is on the third floor of the Central branch.

The swath of black and white pieces were painted at events held over the summer to celebrate the library’s 150 years. Artists young and old got creative with their designs with some representing themes about favourite books, while others are beautifully abstract.

“It’s wonderful to see how individually creative each piece is,” said Elise Copps, the BPL’s manager of Marketing and Communications.

“We wanted to celebrate our 150 years with a permanent art piece that represents our community, and we’re really pleased with the outcome.”

The artwork is one of the final pieces of the branch’s third floor transformation that saw stacks of books relocated to reveal a bright, functional MakerSpace and large seating areas.

The area has become a multipurpose hub for studying, socializing, and creating. It also hosts many of BPL’s Author Talks, providing an inviting and inspiring place to learn.

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