The Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) was designed by the architectural firm of William Rawn Associates of Boston. The Library, located at a prominent intersection, and facing Blue Hill Avenue, opened in 2009. Shortly after design started in 2005, the community process began in parallel with design development. It was soon evident that there was community support for the inclusion of art to complement the architecture. This led to the formulation of the Mattapan Library Art Committee (the Committee), a volunteer group that worked closely with the BPL’s Capital Projects Office. The dedicated, founding members of the Committee are still serving as of 2019.
The sleek, modernist lines of the building façade is clad in Brazilian granite, a stone that has multi-colored veining that appears very dynamic in sunlight. The granite is punctuated at strategic points by glass, all of which delivers a light and airy interior experience. The main entrance, all of glass, provides a direct line of sight from the public sidewalk through to the aleé of trees adjacent to the rear entrance.
Rawn Associates and the BPL identified two locations along this axis where bases for future exterior artwork could be located to maximum visual effect. The rear pad was sited in line with the trees and near a large rear corridor window. The other pad location, favored by all due to its more public facing perspective, is directly under the canopy of the main entrance.
An art piece at this location would further serve to “announce” the main entrance of the library from a considerable distance up and down Blue Hill Avenue, as well as provide a monument of pride for the community.
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