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Choose Artwork to be ReImagined for the New Burkhardt Branch Library

Like all Branches of the Dayton Metro Library system, the new Burkhardt Branch will feature original, permanent art installations inspired by pieces in the Dayton Art Institute’s collection. Patrons and neighbors of the Burkhardt Branch are invited to vote now through November 30 for the DAI pieces they would like to see re-interpreted for their new Library. Votes may be cast in person at the Library, located at 4680 Burkhardt Avenue, or online here.

There are six options from which to choose, all selected for their potential relevance to the Library. Images of each piece, along with its rationale for inclusion, can be found on the voting page and at the Burkhardt Branch. After two pieces have been chosen, artist proposals will be requested. The options are:

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Vendedoras De Frutas (Fruit Sellers) by Alfredo Ramos Martínez (1937)
Flying Pup King by Yoshitomo Nara (2000)
Joy of the Waters by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (1917)
Bwami Association Hat, Lega People (Democratic Republic of the Congo) (20th century)
I Like It Here by Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1945)
Circe Mulling Wine by Gioacchino Assereto (1630)

The ReImagining Works partnership between the Dayton Art Institute and the Dayton Metro Library is made possible by an anonymous bequest to enhance all of the new and newly-renovated Dayton Metro Libraries.

“ReImagining Works brings beautiful new artwork into each Library,” said Jayne Klose, Community Engagement Manager. “It’s exciting to get the public involved, so that the artwork reflects the unique characteristics of each Library and community.”

The new Burkhardt Branch Library will be constructed next to the existing Branch. Construction is targeted to begin in February 2021, with the new Library expected to open in early 2022.

Dayton Metro Library’s system-wide facilities improvement project was made possible by voter support of a $187 million bond issue in 2012.

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