Reading Nest June 03, 2013 - October 18, 2013
About the Work
Reading Nest is summer 2013’s See Also installation. Reading Nest is the design of Cleveland Institute of Art graduate Mark Reigelman and isinspired by mythical objects and creatures of knowledge.
For centuries, objects in nature have been associated with knowledge and wisdom. Trees of enlightenment and scholarly owls have been particularly prominent in this history of mythological objects of knowledge. Reading Nest is a visual intermediary between forest and fowl. It symbolizes growth, community, and knowledge while continuing to embody these mythical roots.
The artwork is created from discarded and reclaimed wood collected from various Cleveland industrial and manufacturing sources. Using materials that have been obtained from various parts of the city reinforces the notion of community and highlights the Cleveland Public Library as a resource for everyone.
Reading Nest uses many shades of gold to achieve a dynamic golden hue. Some of the gathered wood is used without modification but most is painted. This color choice is inspired by the legendary Griffin. This king of beasts, with the rear body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, is said to have made its nest of pure gold and, which it then had to protect ferociously. The Griffin is regularly seen sculpted from stone and standing guard at the entrances of civic buildings including The Cleveland Public Library.
How It Started
Reading Nest is the fourth installation of the annual See Also program, which brings temporary works of art to the Eastman Reading Garden each summer. See Also is a collaborative effort between the Cleveland Public Library and LAND studio. The program is funded through an endowment established by the late Lockwood Thompson, a trustee of the library and avid art collector.
The Lockwood Thompson Endowment Fund was established to improve access to contemporary art and culture for all Clevelanders. See Also was created to engage with audiences in a new way by bring artwork to the reading garden. In addition to See Also, the endowment also supports the Lockwood Thompson Dialogues, an annual program dedicated to conversations that bring new ideas about culture and the arts to the city.
Reading Nest will stand 11 feet tall and span 30feet across. Visitors to the garden will be able to walk around the nest as well as go inside the structure. Construction will begin the last week of May and be complete by the first week of June.
LAND studio would like to give a special THANK YOU to Sheffield Bronze Paint Corporation for their generous contribution to this project!