Burke Library Public Art

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Public Art at Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library 



The City of Alexandria’s Public Art Program in collaboration with Alexandria Library is commissioning an original, permanent public artwork for the Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library (Burke Branch Library), a key community venue serving almost 100,000 residents and visitors in Alexandria’s west end. The artwork is expected to be in the Seminary Road side of the library, making the library more visible from the road and serve as a landmark for the west end.  

In Spring 2020, the City contracted with Project One Studio, a digital design and fabrication studio based in Indianapolis, Indiana to design, fabricate, and install a new artwork at the library. 

Project One Studio participated in an artist meet-and-greet event on November 9, 2020. Click here for a recording of the meeting.


Confluent Threads - Concept ProposalPublic Art at Burke Branch Library - Concept View

At their meeting on February 16, 2021 the Alexandria Commission for the Arts voted to approve the concept proposal for public art at Burke Branch Library by Project One Studio. Titled Confluent Threads, the artwork celebrates the rich diversity and sense of community found throughout Alexandria's West End. Individual "threads" are woven together in the same way the community is woven together. The fabric becomes richer and stronger as individuals engage and interact with each other. 

To view the entire presentation, click here

To share your thoughts or to ask questions about the project, email Jennifer Zettl at jennifer.zettl@alexandriava.gov




About Project One Studio

Project One Studio is a digital design + fabrication studio, founded by Adam Buente and Kyle Perry in 2009. After receiving graduate degrees in architecture, we shifted our direction and began creating work that spans the boundaries of art and architecture. The studio represents our combined view of design and artwork in the physical environment, and a focus on how each project has a specific goal, client, material strategy, or aesthetic quality. We are focused on craft and complexity, and strive to develop unique solutions to every project. We are interested in experimentation, learning new processes, and continually investigating different fabrication techniques and computational tools. Our flexibility and varying skill sets have allowed us to pursue a variety of scales, materials, and project types.

For more information about this project, review the approved project plan or contact Jennifer Zettl, Public Art Coordinator at jennifer.zettl@alexandriava.gov  


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who are the artists that will be creating the work? From Project One Studio: "Project One Studio, based in Indianapolis, IN, was selected through a competitive process to design, fabricate, and install an original artwork at the library. Project One Studio is a digital design + fabrication studio, founded by Adam Buente and Kyle Perry in 2009. After receiving graduate degrees in architecture, we shifted our direction and began creating work that spans the boundaries of art and architecture. The studio represents our combined view of design and artwork in the physical environment, and a focus on how each project has a specific goal, client, material strategy, or aesthetic quality. We are focused on craft and complexity, and strive to develop unique solutions to every project. We are interested in experimentation, learning new processes, and continually investigating different fabrication techniques and computational tools. Our flexibility and varying skill sets have allowed us to pursue a variety of scales, materials, and project types."
  • Where will the artwork be located? It will be located along the Seminary Road side of the library.
  • Will it be free-standing or attached to the building? The proposal has the artwork installed on the building. 
  • What is the City’s public art process? You can learn more about our public art process within the Public Art Implementation Plan & Policy on our website here.
  • Who is paying for this? The budget for public art acquisition comes from the City of Alexandria’s Capital Improvement Project (CIP) allocations (capital funding was specifically allocated for the acquisition of public art). This funding was allocated in FY18.
  • What is the budget for the project? The entire project budget is $100,000.
  • How can the community get involved? Everyone is welcome to attend community meetings and send emails to staff. 
  • When will the installation be completed? Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the installation date is still to be determined.
  • How long will the installation stay at the library? The installation is expected to be a permanent fixture at the library.
  • Who can I contact if I have any questions or concerns? Email Jennifer Zettl, Public Art Coordinator, at jennifer.zettl@alexandriava.gov
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