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Celebrate Restored Public Art July 13 at Nokomis Library
The public is invited to celebrate the restoration and reinstallation of the stabile sculpture “Wind and Water Chime” at Hennepin County Library – Nokomis, Saturday, July 13, at 11 a.m.
The hanging sculpture of approximately 2,400 rectangles of brass, bronze and copper on 400 yards of monofilament has been fully restored and reinstalled in the adult reading area on the library’s western side, near the entrance.
On July 13, see the sculpture in its new library location and hear from elected officials and other project stakeholders about the restoration.
“Wind and Water Chime” was created by artist and Macalester College art professor Donald Celender in 1968 when Nokomis Library was built. In his artist’s statement, Celender notes the sculpture “was conceived as an ethereal, slightly active, varicolored composite of reflecting forms, which would simulate nearby Minnehaha Falls as well as introduce a sense of subtle sound and motion in the library.” It was originally suspended over a fountain.
The sculpture was removed when the library closed for renovation in 2009. It was restored based on the recommendation of the Nokomis Library Public Art Selection Committee under the One Percent for Art initiative, which dedicates one percent of project costs on Hennepin County Library building projects of $1 million or more to the selection, purchase and installation of works of art. The budget for this restoration was $52,000.
Art conservator Kristin Cheronis cleaned and polished all 4,800 sides of the sculpture’s thin metal rectangles and re-strung them on new monofilament line with spacing designed to achieve the sculpture’s original appearance. Cheronis also took steps to protect the art from future damage.
“Wind and Water Chime” was reinstalled in 2013 by Joel Pieper Fine Arts and a new bench surround was added, designed by Matthew Streed of DLR Group, the architect of the Nokomis Library renovation.
Nokomis Library is located at 5100 34th Ave. S., Minneapolis. Library hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 12-8 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call the library at 612-543-6800 or go to www.hclib.org.

Current and historical photos of "Wind and Water Chime" are available on Flickr. Credit: Hennepin County Library


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