Installed in December 2014, Great Beginnings is located at the Bellevue Branch Library. The large steel and glass sculpture provides an iconic backdrop to the many activities that will take place in the library’s outdoor gathering space. Artist Beverly Stucker Precious was inspired by the idea of a “learning tree” and the title of the sculpture refers to bands of type interwoven through the branches and leaves. The text contains fragments of opening sentences from literature suggested by the community. The artwork’s dichroic glass is a reflective surface that changes color with the angle of the light and the perspective of the viewer.
Want to know more? Check out the Great Beginnings Reference Flyer to view all twenty-four opening sentences used in the artwork. Download the Bellevue Library Public Art Flyer for more information on the community input and local connections to Great Beginnings and Rise Above.