A new sculpture called “Best Friends Reading” is now standing on the children’s room patio of the Lewes Public Library.
Children lifted the canvas to unveil the bronze artwork at a ceremony Aug. 14. The sculpture was donated to the library by Art in Bloom, which is a committee of Lewes in Bloom. That committee is responsible for the Silent Sentinels sculptures near the trailhead at the library, the mosaic mural on the drawbridge and other art projects around the city.
“We feel that the library is one of those institutions in town that brings people together, and the children’s wing is certainly very much part of it,” said Ed Zygmonski, co-chair of Art in Bloom.
The sculpture was designed by the imaginative artists at the Randolph Rose Collection in Yonkers, N.Y.
Zygmonski said they describe the sculpture as a boy and a girl enjoying a read together while sitting on a bench, uniquely designed to look like it’s made of twisted wood. As the boy reads, the girl looks on in her sunhat, entranced by the words on the page.
“We appreciate the partnership that we have and the way that it’s growing,” said Children’s Librarian Jen Noonan. “This sculpture is just going to add to this beautiful patio space that we’re building around here.”
“We just want kids to come out, sit on the bench, look at it, enjoy it, maybe get their first impressions of art,” Zygmonski said.
Zygmonski said he hopes the area next to the sculpture, known as Lewes Junction Park, will become home to more art over the years.