Weigh in on the Modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s New Ceiling Art 

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Weigh in on the Modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s New Ceiling Art 

Four Semifinalists to Present Concepts for Grand Reading Room Artwork 

This Saturday, four semifinalists will present their ideas for the ceiling in the modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s new Grand Reading Room. At this presentation, which will be held at the Petworth Library, the public will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the four proposals. 
 
The semifinalist are Xenobia Bailey of New York; Margaret Boozer, Amanda Huron, Tsedaye Makonnen, and Siobhan Rigg of Washington D.C. and Maryland; Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii of North Carolina; and Ghost of a Dream (Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was) of New York. 
 
The four semifinalist were selected from 92 candidates. In preparation for Saturday’s meeting, each semifinalist was awarded a $500 honorarium and given detailed site plans to create a site-specific proposal that included a 2-D schematic design, a 3-D model, budget, an implementation schedule, lighting recommendation, an installation plan, a maintenance plan, and a project narrative. After Saturday's presentations, the proposal that will be installed will be decided.  
 
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is undergoing a complete modernization. The ceiling treatment will be a permanent architectural feature in the library's new Grand Reading Room. Located on the third floor on the 9th street side of the building, the ceiling treatment will be a highlight of the double-height reading room. 
 
This ceiling treatment is the first of three permanent public art pieces that will go in the modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Future calls will be for the vestibule glass and the plaza in front of the building. 

The presentations will begin at 9:30 am. The Petworth Library is located at 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.