Sculptures by Beatrice Coron seen at Santa Teresa Branch Library, San Jose - Cultivate your Mind in the Orchard of Knowledge
Sculptures by Beatrice Coron seen at Santa Teresa Branch Library, San Jose - Cultivate your Mind in the Orchard of Knowledge

Cultivate your Mind in the Orchard of Knowledge

A metaphorical environment “Cultivate Your Mind in the Orchard of Knowledge” pays tribute to the history of the Santa Teresa neighborhood and to the Public Library’s mission. The theme relates the purpose of a library -- education or cultivation of the mind -- to the literal cultivation of the region’s orchards. The design celebrates the vitality of the community from its agricultural heritage to its thriving growth. The metaphor of the orchard also allows play on words, using literature and language as an inviting mind game.

The art work consist of three elements: “Fruits of Knowledge Walk or Orchard walk”, “Tree of Knowledge” and the “biblio-tree”.

When patrons enter the library, they experience the “Fruits of Knowledge Walk” and see the titles of books, poems, movies which contain the names of different fruits on the floor. The selection of worldwide authors reflect the diversity of the community that uses the library. These images are stainless steel and stoner embedded in the immediate approach to the building and the entrance floor. Part of the “Fruits of Knowledge Walk,” an etched welcome mat, is placed at the entrance to the library.with the words “Cultivate your Mind in the Orchard of Knowledge” with the image of a book growing like plant and two persons tending to it.

Three designs for the “Tree of Knowledge”, fabricated by Derix, are placed on the windows at the entrance of the library. Concentric rings depicting San Jose’s history and growth alternate with graphics showing plants from various parts of the world that were brought to the region. The growth of the city can also be seen as a “mandala of experience” that is both figurative and decorative. The large medallion (80" diameter) is visible from most areas of the library. Two smaller medallions (40") are placed to be seen at closer range , one at an adult size point of view and one lower for small children. The design different orientation on each rendering to convey a dynamic of movement. This design celebrates many aspects of Santa Teresa's community past and present, including native American Ohlone culture, ranching, orchard groves, fruit canning and , wild life with turkeys and wild pigs, Silicon Valley, cultural life and festivals, sports and outdoors activities.

A biblio-tree is made of stainless steek and backed by korten steel for the trunk and copper for the branches. The design of the tree is composed of international writing systems, these roots of words become books and other library materials on the branches. The library grand opening was February 6, 2010

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Meet the Creator

My work tells stories. I invent situations, cities and worlds. These compositions include memories, associations of words, ideas, observations and thoughts that unfold in improbable juxtapositions. These invented worlds have their own logic and patterns. Images are conveyed through words, whether automatic writing or premeditated scenes. My creative inspiration comes from a text, a poem, the news or from a philosophical concept that can be reduced to a mere title. I research collective memories and myths, questioning the notions of identity and belonging. For each theme, I explore various narratives: one story leads to the next, and the creation process weaves different layers of our relations to the world.

My silhouettes are a language I have developed over the years; my point of view is both detailed and monumental. Cutting from a single piece of material, the profusion of individual stories creates a coherent universe. In my artist books and public art, where I play with full and empty shapes, everything must fall in place: one’s place in the world, one’s place in the city, one’s place in his or her body. In my graphic style, windows are used not to see out but in, placing the spectator in an outsider/insider situation. Shadows, reminiscent of film noir and voyeurism, leaves room for multiple interpretations.” - Beatrice Coron

“Beatrice Coron (Chambéry, France, 1956) is an illustrator and artist. She does book art, fine art, paper art, and she works with stone, glass, metal, rubber, stained glass, and digital media. Her work has been purchased by major museum collections such as the Metropolitan Museum, the Walker Art Center, and The Getty. Her public art can be seen in subways, airports and sports facilities among many other places.”