CommaRaderie

By: John Rogers
Installed: 2016
Project Budget: $45,000

The Oregon City Library, in partnership with the Clackamas County Arts Alliance, commissioned artist John Rogers to create site-specific artwork for the new library addition. The addition added 15,000 square feet of library space to the existing historic Carnegie building. The installation includes two artworks:

The suspended sculpture magnifies the qualities found in the library atrium: light, reflection and community. The comma-shaped aluminum nexus joins the suspension cables which includes colorful, reflective dichroic glass and projects dynamic, kinetic patterns on the floor, ceiling and walls.

As you move through the lobby, the sculpture creates a dimensional experience that changes depending on the weather and time of day. The aim is to have viewers experience and interpret the sculpture in different ways during repeated visits.

The window pattern design is an abstract, site specific response to the architecture and function of the building. It provides an interesting texture, filters light, and creates reflection patterns in the suspended dichroic glass tension sculpture. To use the sculptural forms of punctuation is to suggest ideas that are more than its parts or arrangement

Why the Comma?
The comma is a pause and undemanding. Even when upside down in a random arrangement you can imagine falling leaves, flocks of birds, raindrops, swirls on a watery surface and many other associations. In the upper glass panels the commas begin to break away, roll and disperse. Could be the wind. Could be waves. Could be architectural ornamentation.

Art Selection Committee:

Maureen Cole – Library Director
Denise Kai – Assistant Parks and Recreation Director, Oregon City
Hayley Burns & Joan Jasper – Scott Edward Architects
Don Wright – Library Board Member
Denyse McGriff – McLoughlin Neighborhood Association
Dana Lynn Louis – Public Artist
Roger Fowler Thias – Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee Member
Sherrie Henson – Oregon City Rotary Member

Clackamas County Arts Alliance
Elizabeth Klein, Public Art Manager