When you enter the Library’s nonfiction room it is obvious that the large stained glass window serves as the centerpiece of the room. It resides with the majesty of a work of art that commands a space with subtlety and a soothing presence.
I love mountains and lakes, streams and rivers. I enjoy being in their presence. Each provides energy and a calming force for me. I cannot explain it but yet I realize that there is a natural tendency to sit quietly on a shoreline or riverbank and look up at a mountaintop and think quiet thoughts. The poet, William Blake wrote, “Great things are done when men and mountains meet.” We should make a practice of seeking the presence of a mountain or the bank of a stream and let our thoughts flow. I have often thought that our stained glass window presents a perfect area for quiet thoughts and reflection.
The next time you are at the Library, visit the window and look at the detail. On a breezy day the shrubbery behind the window shakes with the wind and adds the illusion of movement to the stream. The window is highlighted in different ways throughout the day as sunlight and shadow affect the emphasis of detail in the window. Take a moment and enjoy this artwork from faraway and close-up. It is one of the great treasures of our Library and Community.
The stained glass window is one of three pieces of public art you will find at the Library. Our most prominent piece is the “Out to Lunch” bronze statue which welcomes all visitors to the Library. “Unfolding Knowledge”, a colorful woven tapestry, hangs above the Technology Center. The City of Sunnyvale has a public art collection that consists of over 100 pieces. During the summer take a tour around our beautiful City and enjoy all of these works of art.