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Public Art


Brian Goggin’s towering bronze of stacked books, "Speechless," is an impressive welcome to Library visitors walking through the plaza at First Street and Golden Gate Way. Standing almost 16 feet tall, pages of books cast with actual literary passages seem to soar heavenward as you make your way into the Library entrance. Inside, an array of engaging artwork adorns the walls in a revolving collection for Library visitors to enjoy.

Sweet ThursdayThe last piece of the public art opening collection was installed at the Library on August 6th by Oakland Museum. The 11-foot tall piece, String of Pearls, is by artist Ann Weber. It is installed at the bottom of the Main Stairway. Ann is a nationally-known artist whose work and resume can be seen at

Public art at the Library and Learning Center is thanks in large part to the City of Lafayette and its Public Art Committee.  The committee’s goal is to contribute to the cultural enrichment of residents, visitors and employees by adding to its collection work that is of the highest aesthetic quality, reflective of diverse social and cultural perspectives, and of enduing value.  Acquisitions may be made through a donor’s offer of existing public artwork, the commission of artwork by a specific artist or artists, or the commission of an artwork through a competitive public process. Monetary gifts for the purpose of acquiring public art for the community are also considered.

Please refer to the links below for more information about available exhibit space, and the application and selection process.