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However far the stream flows it never forgets its source. - Yoruba proverb
Oxon Hill Branch Library Project, Oxon Hill, MD


Copyright © 2006-2007 Nancy Gutkin O'Neil
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Oxon Hill Branch Library Project, Oxon Hill, MD
Art in Public Places, 2006; 2007
Title: However far the stream flows it never forgets its source.
Yoruba proverb


The Oxon Hill Branch Library recently completed a 46,000 square foot renovation and expansion that houses the Sojourner Truth Collection Room. This is one of the two largest African-American research collections in Maryland.

My project to date consists of six art glass panels installed in the two library corridors, as requested by the AIPP committee. Each panel is 4' x 6' x 5/8". They are glowing and colorful, filled with imagery that is both historic and evocative. The designs are research-based collages. I worked with various state and local agencies and libraries to gather my material. The panels are designed to be viewed from both sides so that they may be enjoyed by people entering and exiting the library.

The panels are tempered and laminated floatglass fabricated by Franz Mayer of Munich, Inc.

My designs are informed by a sense of history and continuity. Each panel includes a wavy, two tone blue element, symbolizing water as a connection to the past.

Project photos by Howard Ehrenfeld (2006); Jim and Nancy O'Neil (2007)