The landscape of the Allen Public Librarys courtyard permanently transformed with the installation of Oceano, an impressive 600 pound bronze sculpture installed on a 2,900 pound granite base. The sculptures unveiling was 10:00 am, Saturday, Nov. 24, 300 N. Allen Dr., with a reception following the program. Roger Stoller, the sculptures creator, gave a brief survey of its development and symbolism.
Sponsored by the Public Art Committee, Roger Stollers Oceano was selected through a competitive process in July 2008. A metaphor for Ocean of Knowledge, Roger declares, knowledge is a key to what makes us human, and a library is one of civilizations doorways to our communal wealth of knowing. Knowledge has no limit; it is always growing, forever discovering new frontiers. The Mobius strip, a single continuous surface with no end, is used here to signify infinity and the endless possibility of learning.
Roger has extensive experience in public art and design. At 21, he served as an assistant to the renowned inventor and visionary Buckminster Fuller. He also studied in sculpture Isamu Noguchis studio. From these giants, he learned about the ubiquitous nature of geometry in nature. His bronze Tetra Con Brio was featured in the Washington Post when it was installed at the Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda Maryland. His other works are featured at Magnussen Lodge, Lake Tahoe California and in the City of Mountain View, California.
Roger prefers public art in the residential and corporate environment because it provides an intangible alternate dimension that enhances a city's quality of life. It has the capacity to reveal insights about nature, culture, history, community and ourselves. When asked what he hopes Allen Public Library patrons will gain from Oceano, Roger states, Good art makes us wonder and engages the mind. My desire is that people will experience this wonder, and the joy I found in creating this work. As people encounter it, I hope that it will inspire the particular sharing of creativity that can happen in a place of learning.