Art & Wall Decor by Patrick McGee seen at Richard M. Daley Branch, Chicago Public Library, Chicago - Spectrum of Knowledge
Art & Wall Decor by Patrick McGee seen at Richard M. Daley Branch, Chicago Public Library, Chicago - Spectrum of Knowledge
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Spectrum of Knowledge

One translucent, colored acrylic sheet is suspended horizontally in each of the library’s 14 overhead light fixtures. Silhouetted words, shapes and pictograms playfully refer to broadly selected categories from the Library of Congress Classification system, which the Chicago Public Library system uses.

The colors selected for this project represent the spectrum of visible light: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet - starting with warm colors at the building’s entrance and moving to cool colors on its northern side. Most panels show two groups of images, legible when viewed from opposite sides of the room.

The result is a floating sea of overhead images that imaginatively yet unobtrusively contribute to the library’s environment, while referencing the organization of its lending content.

Meet the Creator

Born in Pocatello, Idaho, Patrick McGee is a visual artist living in Chicago. After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1985, he worked as studio manager for renowned sculptor Dale Eldred, assisting with national and international Public Art installations. McGee moved to Chicago in 1987. He has exhibited installations and sculptural work in the US and in Europe, and he was the recipient of grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the City of Chicago (CAAP, CAIP) and others."

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