Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) is pleased to announce the completion of Athens Clarke Co. newest public artwork. The Baxter Street ACC Library mural, designed and created by artist Nicholas Napoletano is located on the north sidewalk on Baxter Street at Dudley Street.
“Public art has the unique capacity to transform and define space while accounting for both the environment and the community that experiences the work.” Says Mr. Napoletano
The 60-foot mural, in bright colors, depicts a neighborhood running to the library with excitement and the possibility of what reading can bring.
“The inspiration for this work originated from watching the foot traffic in front of the library and the many students that traverse the sidewalk to either catch the bus or visit the library after school. The figures included in the mural serve as a reflection of the libraries function within the community while simultaneously welcoming all who wish to use the library as a resource.” – Mr. Napoletano
“We are thrilled to be the site of not one, but two beautiful public art installations. Just like libraries, public art is an essential piece in a community’s cultural landscape, and we look forward to sharing Bob Clements’ dynamic sculpture and Nick Napoletano’s colorful mural with our patrons and neighbors for years to come.” – Kathryn Ames, Athens-Clarke County Library Director
“The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission couldn’t be happier to bring visual recognition to our County Library with the recently installed and splendidly designed wall mural by local artist Nick Napoletano. It clearly reflects the wonderful blend of cultures, careers, interests and history of those living and working in the Athens-Clarke County community.” – Marilyn Wolf-Ragatz, Chair of ACAC
This work of public art was paid for by the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission Capital Funds.