Capitol View Library

Capitol View Library

New Art for the Plaza

A new sculpture has been commissioned for the plaza in front of the Capitol View Library.

DC Public Library, working with the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, solicited proposals from local artists to design a sculpture for the front plaza of the Capitol View Library. This opportunity was only open to resident artists and artist teams residing in the District of Columbia. The panel chose the work of artist Davide Prete. Learn more about Prete here.

Prete’s sculpture represents two pages of a book and is constructed of white painted steel. Working with the community, four phrases were chosen to be on the “pages” of the book.

The selected quotes are:
"Education and justice are democracy’s only life insurance."
by Nannie Helen Burroughs
"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly."
by Langston Hughes
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
by Nelson Mandela
"Reading is important. If you know how to read, then the whole world opens up to you."
by Barack Obama

The sculpture is scheduled for completion and installation at the end of the summer 2019.