District 2 Branch Library
installations (visual works), steel, acrylic
36' wide x 10' high triptych, 10' wide x 8' high map, 10' diameter globe
San Antonio artist, Cakky Brawley, created Past, Present, and Future for the new District 2 Schaefer Branch Library. The artwork is a triptych that focuses on the past, present, and future of the library's geographic area and the vibrancy of the surrounding community. The central metal sphere references the future, as well as well as the library, as a place of exploration and discovery. The two flanking components are a nod to the past and present. Two maps depicting the library's location and surrounding area are engraved into acrylic and lit with a kinetic LED sequence. The map on the left is from 1887 while the map on the right is a current depiction of the are. Stakeholders and community input informed the conceptual design development. This collaboration resulted in a culmination of words, ideas and images that were transformed into a conceptually and visually cohesive design.
Cakky Brawley is a San Antonio- based artist working in the field of public art over the last 16 years, primarily in the City of San Antonio. Recent commissions include: the District 2 Schaefer Branch Library, University of Incarnate Word, and City of San Antonio Sister City gift in South Korea (Gwangju Metropolitan City). Brawley's work primarily consists of welded brushed aluminum, allowing her to create large-scale outdoor works of art. In addition to aluminum, her work has expanded to include brass, concrete, terrazzo, and commuter generated LED lighting sequences. Brawley also works fulltime as a Professor of Sculpture at Palo Alto College in the college's Fine Arts Department.
The aluminum globe and acrylic map frames were fabricated by Eureka Sheet Metal Inc. and the acrylic maps were engraved by Comet Signs, both located in San Antonio. In addition to the acrylic map engraving Comet Signs installed all three pieces of the triptych.