Tuesday, August 30, 2011
While I was at the Glendale Foothills Library, I wandered around and spotted these wonderful doors leading to the children's reading room. They were created by artist Kathy Bradford of Lyons Colorado. She is an award winning artist who works in glass doing mostly etching, fusing and sandblasting. She was commissioned by the city of Glendale to create The Magic Doors. She says in her artist's statement that she wanted to "give the feeling of exploration, encourage a sense of discovery, and nurture a delight in reading and learning". The glass panels are sand carved with circular glass discs fused to the panels. One circle contains an image of the Earth. Some of the discs create color shifts while others turn an image upside down. The doors give an approaching child the feeling of stepping into another world. The same feeling one gets reading a book!