The small and humble bust of the founder of our fair city, Dr. David Burbank, is located beside the Downtown Public Library, at 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., facing Olive Avenue. It was created by artist, Rick Doray and has been on display since 1978. It sits atop 4 time capsules placed there on July 4th, 1977. Each to be opened on Independence day of 2001 (already opened), 2026, 2051, 2076.
Welcome to the charming children's library inside the Buena Vista Branch Library at 300 N. Buena Vista St. The outdoors comes inside through the arched doorway to create a fairy tale place for reading, dreaming, and learning.
I was completely enchanted by the (dare I say it) tree-mendous murals directly across from the entrance. They are skillfully combined with three dimensional elements such as tree trunks, branches, and there is even a full tree in the center of the room. What a delightful place to visit and spend time adventuring in books!
There is also a timeline of historical events along the upper part of the wall to the right of the tree as you face the exit. You can see a small portion in the last photo above. I almost missed it because I was so enthralled with the trees!
Behind, within or right next to Lincoln Park is the Buena Vista Branch Library at 300 N. Buena Vista St. This lovely portrayal of a child with an uplifted book is found at the main entrance. The sculpture is entitled "Read, Reach and Realize."
The artist of the piece is Wayne Healy, who is a painter, sculptor, muralist, retired aerospace engineer, and founder of East Los Streetscapers.
The artwork is such a simple and beautiful piece and lends itself to many interpretations. The way the bronze is fashioned appears to me as a folded paper cut out. The book seems to be a gift or offering. Composed with colorful glass it seems a gift of enlightenment. The scalloped edges of the bronze where it covers the contrasting concrete intensifies the uplifting quality while simultaneously grounding it. There is a circular sense of giving and receiving in this artwork.