Mural Reflects Community Collaboration
Public art at the Glen Ellyn Public Library.
Glen Ellyn Public Library patrons may have noticed something new at the library this summer: a unique mural in the lobby.
Local artist Dave Xandegar and Glenbard West High School students, led by Kelly Molloy, came together to create this dynamic piece of art, complete with LEGO sculptures and moving parts.
“I wanted to warm up the lobby and create an inviting entrance to the children’s area,” said library Director Dawn Bussey.
A ribbon-cutting and reception celebrating everyone's hard work took place last Sunday in the library lobby.
The Glenbard West students painted their portion, and Xandegar incorporated the LEGOs and motorized elements, resulting in a three-dimensional, moving mural. You can, for example, watch a little girl’s pinwheel spin.
“GEPL’s new mural represents true community collaboration,” said Xandegar.
The moving mural is not the only work of art in the library made by Xandegar and his son 12-year-old son John.
A couple of years ago they built a replica of the Glen Ellyn Library, which took 100 plus hours and hundreds of dollars worth of LEGOs. They also made a mini Glen Theater, both on display in the Youth Department.
"For an institution like the public library, tapping into the community to produce something like this is a great way to avoid the cost-prohibitive nature of commissioning a mural. Now, Glen Ellyn residents can share ownership of this great piece of public art,” said Xandegar.
Take a look at the exciting new mural the next time you visit, and the LEGO sculptures, too!