The Reading Nest
About the Work
The Reading Nest was summer 2013’s See Also temporary installation. Reading Nest was the design of Cleveland Institute of Art graduate Mark Reigelman and was inspired 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. The Reading Nest symbolizes growth, community, and knowledge while continuing to embody these mythical roots.
The artwork was created from discarded and reclaimed wood collected from various Cleveland industrial and manufacturing sources. Using materials that were obtained from various parts of the city reinforced the notion of community and highlighted the Cleveland Public Library as a resource for everyone.
The Reading Nest used many shades of gold to achieve a dynamic golden hue. Some of the gathered wood was used without modification but most was painted. This color choice was 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.
Mark Reigelman II
How It Started
The Reading Nest was 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.
Click HERE for a link to Cleveland Institute of Art’s documentation of Mark Reigelman building the Reading Nest.
Reading Nest stood 11 feet tall and spanned 30 feet across. Visitors to the garden were able to walk around the nest as well as go inside the structure.
LAND studio would like to give a special THANK YOU to Sheffield Bronze Paint Corporation for their generous contribution to this project!