Dublin Villager

Library murals unveiled


A unicorn, hungry catepillar and other flights of fancy have taken over a few walls in the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

The whimsical, garden-themed Kennard murals in the children's area of the library at 75 N. High St. were unveiled last week.

The murals that line two walls of the library were put up around Thanksgiving after a process that started in the spring.

Dublin branch director Michael Blackwell told the small crowd gathered at last week's unveiling that a donation from library patron William Kennard and funds from the Friends of the Columbus Library got the mural rolling.

"Two years ago the bookworm sculpture was lonely," he said, referring to the sculpture that hangs over the children's area.

A garden-themed mural was decided upon after donations were received, and Blackwell sought help from the Dublin Arts Council.

"We had the money, but I didn't know anything about the murals," he said.

The arts council - particularly Jodi Kushins - helped the library issue a call for Dublin artists to create the mural.

"We were delighted when Michael contacted us about the artwork," arts council executive director David Guion said.

The search generated 14 responses and the team of Jon Stommel, Grace Paserrotti and Steven Benjamin, a Dublin Scioto High School graduate, was chosen. The artists are also current students or graduates of the Columbus College of Art and Design, Guion said.

Greg Short, president of the Friends of the Library, applauded the choice of artists during the unveiling.

"Seeing (the murals) up there right now, I think we made the right choice," he said.

"We are lucky to live in a community that supports the arts," vice mayor Amy Salay said.

The new murals were also complemented by art from Dublin City School students.

Blackwell said the library recently started a partnership with a few Dublin elementary schools to show their artwork at the library. The artwork of Indian Run Elementary second-graders was on display.

The process of creating the mural was originally going to take place at the library, but scaffolding would have been needed and there were concerns of children climbing on it.

Blackwell said a movable mural was created instead, so scaffolding would not have to be erected in the library and it could be moved if the library ever changed locations.

"That way we can celebrate them for longer," he said.