Tell me about the artwork at Selby Library.
Artist and architect Tim Prentice created the large kinetic sculpture in the rotunda of the Selby Public Library. “Just Browsing” was installed in 1998, as part of the Sarasota Arts in Public Places project. Prentice describes the Selby Public Library’s dome as a metaphor for the sky, and the moving banners as metaphors for clouds. Alternatively, perhaps a metaphor for a school of fish, or perhaps the metaphor is your own after sitting and enjoying the movement for a while.
The bronze outside in the parking area is the latest addition to the Selby collection. It is part of Sarasota Arts in Public Places program and funded in part by the gift from the Selby Foundation. “Sharing,” created by artist Bruno Lucchesi, was installed in 2002. Lucchesi’s sculptures are on display in New York and Denver, as well as in Fort Mill, S.C., Raleigh, N.C., and at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. His works are in the collections of the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.