It’s been a long road, but the new artwork on the front of the Bernal Heights Branch Library is more or less complete, and it looks rather spiffy. Next up comes the planning for the art that will go on the back of the library, facing the playground.
The library task force has chosen Johanna Poethig to create the playground-side artwork. Johanna has a long history with community-focused public art, and she is seeking input from Bernal neighbors via a survey (linked below). The Bernal Library Art Project tells us:
Phase II of the Bernal Library Art Project has begun and we need you! Bernal is a neighborhood that embraces and nurtures many communities: families that have lived on the hill for generations and those that arrived last week; artists; children; seniors; multiple ethnicities; many races; LGBT; a range of incomes and lifestyles. But we all have this in common – we live in Bernal.
The Bernal Library Art Project Task Force (BLAP) and Phase II artist Johanna Poethig have created this survey as part of a wide community outreach effort to gather the thoughts and feelings of Bernal residents to inform the artwork that will be designed and installed on the playground wall of the Bernal Library. The survey is being distributed electronically, made available on paper in the library and at Heartfelt, and directly given to groups such as children and seniors who meet regularly in a Bernal location. Community meetings open to everyone will also be scheduled, probably in March.
The survey will be available through the end of February. Results will be communicated back electronically, posted in the library and other venues where possible, and presented at the community meetings. Thank you for participating in this project; please click on the link to start the survey.