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Photos: Boulder residents saying "no" to "Yes!" library art project?

Photos: Boulder residents saying "no" to "Yes!" library art project?
All images courtesy City of Boulder

According to Boulder's release about the project, the letters will be free-standing, made of aluminum and lit from within, so that "the light [will be] visible through perforations in the red surface." The word is to be installed this fall outside the curved glass wall just north of the library's entrance.

Photos: Boulder residents saying "no" to "Yes!" library art project?

As for the concept, R&R artists Rosario Marquardt and Roberto Behar say the letters represent "their interpretation of the personality of Boulder as open, inclusive and focused on community."

Photos: Boulder residents saying "no" to "Yes!" library art project?

Whether the community will embrace "Yes!" is another question. The Boulder Daily Camera quizzed a number of locals to get their take on the proposal, and not everyone offered a thumbs-up. For instance, local writer and artist Heather Perkins told the paper that "there's more to art than enthusiasm and crayons. The color, the font -- it doesn't jibe with the rest of the library. It's just ugly."

One panelist who helped select "Yes!" isn't upset by the criticism, speaking positively about pieces that start a conversation -- and it's not hard to find public art that was initially despised only to later be widely embraced. We offer the following example:

Photos: Boulder residents saying "no" to "Yes!" library art project?

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Lists & Weirdness archive circa October 2011: "DIA Blue Mustang only the third most bizarre piece of public art in USA? Really? (PHOTOS)"


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