The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Art Commission, in consultation with Forsyth Public Library officials, has selected "Timeless Purpose," an original sculpture proposed by Deedee Morrison of Birmingham, Ala., from 60 proposals submitted for the public art feature at the new Forsyth County Central Library in downtown Winston-Salem.
Morrison’s proposal is for a giant book on an easel. The text would be cut out of the face of the pages and the sculpture would be lit from within so that the lettering of the text would be illuminated at night and spill light into the area surrounding the sculpture. The artist is meeting with Friends of the Library and a children’s workshop to determine what the text on the sculpture will say.
The sculpture will be more than 8 feet tall and will be constructed out of stainless steel and Cor-ten steel, which is a corrosion-resistance steel often used in bridge construction that weathers to form a brown patina that protects the steel from corrosion.
The art will be located in the library’s new reading garden. Officials hope that it can be fabricated in time to be unveiled with the opening of the new library in late spring or early summer. The library has budgeted $60,000 for the project.