With a rich history and a diverse community, the Worcester Public Library was well suited to a combination of text, images, and abstraction. Allusions to the community, its history, and literary past can all be found within these panels. They have become a focal point for visitors as they stop to discuss the images and try to determine the references.
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These panels pay homage to the original bronze doors to the library which had early type faces cast in the surface. The valentines refer to the origin of the modern Valentine's Day card in Worcester, and the horse and buggy is a tribute to the founder of the library.
A polar bear at the local science center shares a spot with piano keys - a reference to the internationally renowned Worcester Music Festival, the nation's oldest.
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Stephen Knapp Selected Works