I recently wrote about the public art on Main Street in Mesa, AZ and mentioned my favorite sculpture there, The Big Pink Chair.
Another piece in Mesa’s outdoor art collection that I like a lot is Booked for the Day by Dan Hill.
The statue is made from bronze, and is 42″h x 16″w x 30″d. It has a copyright of 2000.
Of course, I like the fact that the girl is reading. I love reading and books, so I was tickled to see two of my passions depicted in art. I also like the fact that the sculpture is sitting on a bench, out in public, just like a real person. It’s fun to sit next to this depiction of a young reader or stand behind her and look at the pages of the book over her shoulder. Oh, the possibilities for photo opportunities for anyone visiting Mesa’s Main Street with friends!
Dan Hill’s website says,
A good book is hard to put down and this girl won’t be putting her book down anytime soon. Ten-year old Erica, engrossed in Harry Potter, was the inspiration for this interactive sculpture. This sculpture is in the permanent public collections of the City of Mesa, Arizona; the Carnegie-Evans Public Library, Albia, Iowa; the Palos Heights Public Library, Palos Heights, Illinois; the Eccles Community Art Center, Ogden, Utah; City of Ankeny, Iowa; Cleary University, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Main Street Garden, Twin Falls, Idaho; the Prescott Public Library, Prescott, Arizona; and the Ligonier Public Library, Ligonier, Indiana.
According to the aforementioned website,
[Dan Hill’s] talent for s[c]ulpting emerged accidentally in 1974 when he was lounging around at home recuperating from a work related foot injury. While watching an old western on television, he began messing around with a toothpick and some playdough [sic]…By the time the movie had ended [Hill] had sculpted a small bust, capturing a remarkable likeness of actor Lee Marvin. These humble beginnings as a sculptor were followed by the early success of two sports action sculpture commissions and a first place ribbon in the Professional Sculpture Division at the Utah State Fair.
Booked for the Day is located on the south side of Main Street, between Robson Street and MacDonald Street.
To learn more about public art in Mesa, view the brochure that goes along with the self-guided tour of the city’s sculpture collection.
That’s a lovely sculpture! There are several bronze sculptures in the city nearest me, and from what I’ve seen, they seem to fall into one of two categories: quiet and thoughtful (several children crossing a pond on exposed rocks), or depicting action (a rider on a bucking horse). But my favorite is the one of Mark Twain sitting on a bench, with his left arm extended, resting on the back. Several times, when passing, someone will be sitting there beside him, with someone else taking a photo.
The Mark Twain statue sounds cool!
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