Mnemosynes Opus celebrates the visual symbols that comprise the alphabet and the book, the two tools that give definition to our humanity and our civility. The mythological goddess, Mnemosyne was the mother of the Muses and Goddess of Memory. Before writing was invented, people depended on memory. The invention of written language removed the need to remember every detail. Each of the 15 panels in this artwork represents a significant aspect of the story, from ancient times to present, of written language and the creation of the book.
Artists Dennis Evans and Nancy Mee created the piece, featuring encaustics on canvas over plywood, metals and glass. The piece was commissioned by the Auburn Arts Commission and the King County Library System.
Artwork entitled Circus Train celebrates the rich railroad heritage of the Auburn community. Located in the childrens area of the library, this whimsical art piece creates an inviting focal point to draw parents and children into their special area. Unique features include a replica of the historic Carnegie library building in Auburn; the old Auburn train station; Mount Rainier and surrounding forests; and locally familiar trains of the past and present.
Artist Richard Lalonde created the piece, made of fused glass and stainless steel. The piece was commissioned by the Friends of the Auburn Library.
Last Updated: October 3, 2008