Sculpture

Germination

Gabriella Polony Mountain's work includes four major themes. The first three themes are clearly recognizable as the Cosmos, Nature, and Figural works with the fourth theme encompassing history, philosophy, and culture. In her life as an artist, Polony Mountain worked with many different medium including mosaics, weavings, sculpture, stained glass, and repousse. Sculpture is a three dimensional branch of the visual arts. In traditional forms of sculpture, the materials used were easily accessible and consisted of stone, metal, wood, ceramics.

Gilded Figures on a Dragon Barge

Asian influenced work, depicting sixteen upright attendants on a barge in the shape of a dragon. This appears to be a royal barge based on the use of the dragon and highly decorative aspects of the work. The dragon has a highly stylized gilded head dress, necklace, and gilded wings. The other color's decorating this mythical figure are green, white and red. The attendants displayed on the barge are wearing ceremonial regalia. The first figure, starting from the left, appears to be holding some type of gilded percussion instrument.

Globemaster Globe

This globe is simple in its structural elements but detailed in its cartographic ones. It is tilted on its original axis and held in a full swing arm for maneuverability that allows one to easily view the details across each part of the globe. The color scheme and printed embellishments give it antique, distinguished look. Mountain ranges are in raised relief to provide an idea of the topography of each region. Landmasses are covered in a dense overlay of city and country names with occasional symbols corresponding to a legend located off the western coast of South America.

Good as Gold

Viewers of Good as Gold by Donald Lipski might consider the abstrusity of books drilled with holes placed on an eight foot tall round steel form. Upon further observation however, the commanding work might be interpreted as a literal representation of the portal through which readers travel to alternate worlds via books. Most of the books included in the work were sourced from a Bridgehampton, New York Book Barn, but Lipski incorporated withdrawn items from The Kansas City Public Library’s collection as well. Each book was selected based on size, color, and subject matter.

Hand Blown Sculpture in Blue

This hand-blown, diamond-shaped glass sculpture arrests attention with its royal blue hues and sharp metallic border. The pane sits in a V-shaped stand whose sharp angles serve to contain, yet enhance the fluid lines in the glass pane, compounding into a visually striking piece. Varying opacity in the glass manipulates light in such a way that the glass appears to be in motion, in the process of revealing something on the other side.

Horse & Carriage

This particular miniature black rococo-style horse drawn coach driven by a coachman, was utilized by the Kansas City Repertory Theatre as a stage prop. The coach is black with ornate gold embellishments, fixed head, doors, and windows. The exterior is replete with four brass carriage lanterns and a gold leaf undercarriage. The coachman is wearing simple grey livery with white socks and black shoes. He commands the coach comfortably from a tufted gold cushion.

KCPL Commemorative Plate

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 beautifully and meticulously rendered ceramic plate holds the Kansas City Central Library building as its focal point, thus placing further emphasis on the Library as the city's oldest cultural institution. On the outer lip of the plate are two images. To the left, a portrait of the Public Library's founder James M. Greenwood. To the right, Greenwood’s white marble memorial chair located at the Central Branch.

Lehighton Letters

Lehighton Letters is a series of works created for public libraries worldwide by found object sculptor Richard J. Hinger. Works from Lehighton Letters that he named after the artists Pennsylvania birthplace are on exhibition in London, New York City, Paris, Washington D.C. and 60 other public libraries including the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. This work is made from salvaged signage letters and recycled objects like soda cans, toys, toothbrushes, and bottle caps inlaid in a resin material with a textured application.

Lewis and Clark Discovery

Artist Eugene L. Daub portrays a scene simultaneously in pause and in motion with this relief sculpture. Lewis and Clark look out over their expedition team with their journal and sextant (navigational tool) contemplating the expedition to come while a band of men load and heave large wooden canoes into the water. Sacagawea looks past the scene in the same direction with child fastened to her back. The wind blows the fabric of her dress in the same direction as her gaze emphasizing the still capture of a chaotic moment.

Lewis and Clark Expedition

This bronze sculpture of the Lewis and Clark Expedition team includes Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, York, Sacagawea, and Lewis's Newfoundland dog, Seaman (listed on the artist's website). The group rests atop a rocky base while looking out in all directions and observing what lies ahead. Lewis and Clark are in the midst of consulting their instruments and each other. The team stands alone, facing what the viewer's imagination reads as the uncharted Frontier in the space around the sculpture. They appear cautious, yet brave, and together convey the essence of discovery.

Man Playing Harp

Gabriella Polony Mountain's work includes four major themes. The first three themes are clearly recognizable as the Cosmos, Nature, and Figural works with the fourth theme encompassing history, philosophy, and culture. In her life as an artist, Polony Mountain worked with many different medium including mosaics, weavings, sculpture, stained glass, and repousse. Sculpture is a three dimensional branch of the visual arts. In traditional forms of sculpture, the materials used were easily accessible and consisted of stone, metal, wood, ceramics.

Miniature Library

Barbara Mulvihill, an information services librarian at Salina Public Library, designed and created Miniature Library, a diorama of a contemporary library building.

Mother Lifting Child

Gabriella Polony Mountain's work includes four major themes. The first three themes are clearly recognizable as the Cosmos, Nature, and Figural works with the fourth theme encompassing history, philosophy, and culture. In her life as an artist, Polony Mountain worked with many different medium including mosaics, weavings, sculpture, stained glass, and repousse. Sculpture is a three dimensional branch of the visual arts. In traditional forms of sculpture, the materials used were easily accessible and consisted of stone, metal, wood, ceramics.

Mother Protecting Her Child

Gabriella Polony Mountain's work includes four major themes. The first three themes are clearly recognizable as the Cosmos, Nature, and Figural works with the fourth theme encompassing history, philosophy, and culture. In her life as an artist, Polony Mountain worked with many different medium including mosaics, weavings, sculpture, stained glass, and repousse. Sculpture is a three dimensional branch of the visual arts. In traditional forms of sculpture, the materials used were easily accessible and consisted of stone, metal, wood, ceramics.

Mova Scholar Globe

Mova is a globe production company that believes the globe to be superior to flat maps because they better represent the Earth in form (-movaglobes.com). The globe provides a more complete spatial understanding of the Earth, an idea that Mova takes further by using light-activated technology to incite the globe to spin on it's own similar to how the Earth does under gravitational pull. A clear outer casing covers the globe while a thin liquid suspends it just enough to achieve this effect consistently, on and off the tripod.

Old Couple

Gabriella Polony Mountain's work includes four major themes. The first three themes are clearly recognizable as the Cosmos, Nature, and Figural works with the fourth theme encompassing history, philosophy, and culture. In her life as an artist, Polony Mountain worked with many different medium including mosaics, weavings, sculpture, stained glass, and repousse. Sculpture is a three dimensional branch of the visual arts. In traditional forms of sculpture, the materials used were easily accessible and consisted of stone, metal, wood, ceramics.

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

Cecil C. Carstensen was born in Marquette, Kansas in 1906. In 1940, he moved to Kansas City with his wife Blanche and became a part of the art community. Carstensen primarily worked in wood carving, however, woodcut printmaking was another important medium. He taught wood sculpting at the Kansas City University and was President of MidAmerica Artists Association. He wrote "Craft and Creation of Wood Sculpting" in 1971.

Relief of August R. Meyer

This bas relief sculpture depicts August R. Meyer, Kansas City's first president of the Board of Park Commissioners, with great dignity. He stands in a powerful position looking into the distance while standing beneath a tree that frames the relief. An image of Meyer immersed in the field of his dedication and position is created by the use of specific attributes. He stands with binoculars in hand and instruments including a globe and scrolled documents appear at Meyer's side. Meyer's lasting reverence within city government would warrant such a piece.

Scales of Justice

This equal-arm balance scale is comprised of metal (likely brass) and weighs in accordance with the metric system. The most simplistic version of a balancing scale, the equal arm scale balance has been used throughout the earliest periods of history as an elementary lever. The oldest evidence for the presence of weighing scales is dated to circa 2400 to 1800 B.C. in the Indus River valley. This traditional scale consists of a fulcrum, or beam, a pointer, and two scale pans. The two scale plans ( plates) are suspended at equal distance from the fulcrum.

Spirit of Commerce

A miniature bronze maquette representing the Spirit of Commerce. The female figure is clothed in a long dress with a pleated skirt and scale-like top complete with a bow tied at the waist. A flowing shawl is draped over the figure's shoulders and arms. Her face is nobly directed upward and outward toward the viewer. Her hair is pulled up and tied back creating a Grecian wreath-like style. In her right hand, she holds a flaming torch symbolizing progress. In her left hand, she holds the caduceous of Mercury. The Roman God, Mercury, symbolizes commerce.

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