Eternal Truths

Photos by Elman Studio


Central Library
1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, VA 22201

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Artwork Details

Artist: Lisa Fedon
Materials: Bronze plate, perforated plate, and rod anchored into a brick wall, finished with tortoise-shell patina
Installed: 1999/2000

Groupings of bronze sculptural elements on the north, south, and west facades of Central Library make up this artwork by Lisa Fedon. Each “frame” contains a sculptural image symbolizing the roles the library serves as a meeting place for the community and a place where information offers a portal to other worlds/knowledge and fuel for aspirations. Many of the images were drawn from photographs taken by local high school students; others came from Fedon’s own photographs of Arlington.

At the crest of the roof is a bronze osprey, wings outstretched, the only element not contained within a frame. This bird is a remembrance of Andrea “Andy” Cincotta, a librarian here whose life was tragically taken in 1998.

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Funded by Arlington County (Department of Libraries), Friends of the Library, and the Campaign for Excellence.