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The Spirit is Like the Wind, Light Sconces

Artist
Norman Grochowski
Year
2012
Artwork Type
Sculpture
Media & Support
Painted steel
Dimensions
24 ft.x 20 ft.x 14 ft.* (7.3 x 6.1 x 4.3 m)
Department
Public Library
Location
Topanga Library
122 Topanga Canyon Drive
Topanga, CA
District
3
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Location

Latitude: -118.603476 - Longitude: 34.090048
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Description

The title of Norman Grochowski’s The Spirit is Like the Wind comes from the mantra that has defined the artist’s professional career: “The spirit is like the wind, you hear it blowing, but you cannot say from where it comes or where it will go.” Grochowski’s three monumental, painted steel flowers, whose petals are open books, and two larger than life dragonflies greet visitors of the library on the outdoor terrace. With the tallest measuring more than 15 feet high, the flowers, a hefty 350-400 pounds each, are constructed of steel with inlaid pieces of broken ceramic tile. The two dragonflies, each weighing 300 pounds, have wings made of broken chinaware. The artwork was conserved in 2015.

Six light sconces shaped like creatures found in Topanga Canyon - beetles, turtles and dragonflies - are located along the interior walls of the building.