Central Library

Cenotaphe de Newton

"Sublime spirit! Vast and profound genius! Divine being! Accept the homage of my weak talents...Oh, Newton!" With these words, French architect and designer Étienne-Louis Boullée dedicated his design for an imaginary cenotaph (empty tomb) in honor of the English physicist Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727). Like many intellectuals of his day, Boullée was fascinated by Newtonian physics.

Charles Clemons

Chicago Great Western Railway Route Map, "Maple Leaf Route"

"The Maple Leaf Route" map is a print which features the rail exchange between Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Chicago with all the included stops between each. The bold print lines on the map imitate the veins of a maple leaf, exhibiting the imagery that inspired the route's name. The bottom of the print mentions W. H. Long as the City Passenger and Ticket Agent of the Des Moines City Office and T. N. Hooper as the Division Freight Agent.

Child on Rocking Horse

This sculpture of a young girl on a rocking horse reminds one of the joys of childhood playtime, but also its woes. There is no mistaking the girl's contempt as it settles into her furrowed brow and pouty lip, although one can assume it would have been short-lived and forgotten with more play. She wears a simple white dress, a matching white hair bow and knee-high socks with Mary Jane shoes. With her beady glare and both hands gripping the rocking horse handles, she appears determined to take off on the horse from her troubles.

Child Reading on Pedestal

The sculpture depicts a seated child presumably reading a small book. However, the way the child is seated, clumsily plopped down, suggests that the child may be exploring the book with the unkempt wonder of their own mind and not yet reading it. The sculpture reminds the viewer of this period of time in every person's life and perhaps further suggests how it extends as one grows older and is able to read the book, although still enjoying the wonders of imagination.

Children's Bookcase

Southhampton Antiques describes this piece as a rare miniature Renaissance Revival Victorian walnut two door bookcase. Although small, it portrays a sense of substantial mass through a heavy base with minimal ornament. The cabinet doors are arched with thick black molding surrounding the original glass. Within the cabinets are two original adjustable shelves that provide a clear display of the inner contents, held safe by the wooden exterior. The novelty of this piece is its size, as it has all the same quality attributes of similar pieces often two times as large.

Churchill Statue Overlooking Big Ben

This is a photograph from behind the bronze statue of Sir Winston Churchill in London's Parliament Square. From this angle the photograph creates the sense that Churchill is stepping past the viewer leading their gaze to the icon of the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. Also from this angle one gets the sense that this statue of Churchill is larger than life, perhaps even larger than Big Ben, clearly expressing its twelve foot height and the legacy that the late Prime Minister left on the UK.

City Hall at Night, Kansas City

This photograph features City Hall in downtown Kansas City illuminated under an inky night sky. The building is located at 414 East 12th Street, Kansas City, Mo. The building is monumental and angular with an unmistakable air of bureaucracy. The building is the third city hall since the incorporation of the city of Kansas in 1853. Construction lasted for 22 months and the concrete was supplied by then-political boss Tom Pendergast. Its location has served as the city's center for government since 1937.

City of Kansas

This print depicts a painting by Missouri-born artist Charles Goslin created in 1997. The piece features the steamboat Silverbow gliding past the Gilliss House and a wine and liquor store to its right. A covered wagon and oxen bridge the top of the bank, setting this picture along with the steamboat around 1855. Steam billows up from the stacks of the Silverbow and trail back down the direction of the river on which more steamboats are floating in the background.

Colonial Manufacturing Grandfather Clock

Commemorative Plate for then 9th & Locust Library

Based in Kansas City, Irma Starr is a world-renowned potter who creates collectible works of art that are modeled after the 17th-century slipware style of pottery. This plate commemorates the Kansas City Public Library's 9th and Locust Street Location in correlation to Native American collections in Kansas City. The center of the plate features the Library's original building in sharp relief aligned with the perspective of the building. Below it is the dates of that location, 1897-1960.

Corner of a Bank

Richard Estes was born in 1932 in Kawee, Illinois. He is best known for his photo-realist paintings that typically reflect appear hyper realistic in the forms of geometric and inanimate landscapes. Estes is considered one of the founders of the international photo-realist movement of the 1960s. This is a limited edition print of Richard Estes iconic work "Corner of a Bank". The composition is dominated by repeating geometric pattern and sharp lines. The only organic element exhibited is seen in the floral bouquet through the office window.

Coupe de Cenotaphe de Newton

Étienne-Louis Boullée was a French neoclassical architect whose designs have had a lasting impact on modern architecture. The paperwork accompanying this piece reads: "Sublime Spirit! Vast and profound genius! Divine being! Accept the homage of my weak talents... Oh, Newton!" With these words, French architect and designer Étienne-Louis Boullée dedicated his design for an imaginary cenotaph (empty tomb) in honor of the English physicist Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727). Like many intellectuals of his day, Boullée was fascinated by Newtonian physics.

Cram's Superior Map of Kansas

This sizable map was likely created by George F. Cram who served in the U.S. Army during the American Civil War. After the war ended, Cram joined his uncle Rufus Blanchard's Evanston map business in 1867. Cram's map depicts populations in cities and towns throughout the state of Kansas as well as the distances between railway stations.

Cram's Superior Map of Missouri

This sizable map was created by George F. Cram who served in the U.S. Army during the American Civil War. After the war ended, Cram joined his uncle Rufus Blanchard's Evanston map business in 1867. Cram's map offers a complete depiction of the railway systems that passed through Missouri and is believed to have been created in 1906-1907. In the lower left hand corner is a key explaining the map's contents including census data, counties, county seats, cities, post offices, railroad stations, villages, etc.

Down the Road

Earl B. Lewis is an artist and award-winning illustrator who has illustrated over 50 children's books. He works primarily in watercolor depicting stories about the lives of young black children and their struggle in race encounters, children in hospitals, and families. In this painting a mother, father, and child walk down an unpaved road visiting with one another. The father wears all denim with suspenders while the mother wears a long floral dress, completing a traditional image of a working-class family. The child wears a pair of denim overalls and holds a basket of apples.

Dr. William Stone Woods

This reproduction print of a photograph depicts Dr. William Stone Woods (1840-1917) in a traditional three quarter length portrait pose looking bemused. Woods had a long and variant career in the Midwestern United States. He was first a medical doctor trained at the St. Louis Medical College and the Jefferson Medical College. Not long after he became a practicing physician, Woods uptook a wholesale grocery business that supplied workers employed along the Union Pacific Railroad between Nebraska and Utah.

Ebb and Flow #1

In Berman’s mind, knowledge and information flow like an unseen current between people and media in the library environment. This print is one of ten that visualizes that phenomenon in the ebb and flow of color across them. While the series has a cohesive visual effect when displayed together, each individual unit has its own unique characteristics. In the first of the series, shades of orange congregate near the bottom of the piece and suggest an upward movement carried on by the next piece.

Ebb and Flow #10

In Berman’s mind, information and knowledge flow like an unseen current between people and media in the library environment. This print is one of ten that visualizes this phenomenon in the ebb and flow of color across them. While the series has a cohesive visual effect when displayed together, each individual unit has its own unique characteristics. In the tenth and final piece of the series, cool blues seem to pass over the white space like streams of air, creating a calmness appropriate for the end of a journey.

Ebb and Flow #3

In Berman’s mind, information and knowledge flow like an unseen current between people and media in the library environment. This print is one of ten that visualizes this phenomenon in the ebb and flow of color across them. While the series has a cohesive visual effect when displayed together, each individual unit has its own unique characteristics. In the third of the series, vibrant colors mitigated by subsequent neutral layers trend in a downward motion toward the next piece. Within each frame, the layering of color creates new shapes and hues that add to the overall flow of the work.

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