Artist: Peter Hessemer
Installed at the library: 2007
Location in Library: Outside main entrance
Commissioned by: Family of Alfred Medica and Friends
This ceramic sculpture, created by local artist Peter Hessemer, is a gift from family and friends in memory of Alfred Medica, a frequent library visitor and avid reader of history. The 40-inch black abstract sculpture is located near the library’s front entrance. The work of art was installed in July 2007, and dedicated the following November.
Hessemer, a Lake Forest resident and Professor of Art at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, is an award-winning sculptor and ceramicist. The outdoor piece crafted for the Medica family was the first sculpture Hessemer designed for a public space.
A regular at the library himself, Hessemer was delighted to be asked to create a piece as an outdoor memorial to Medica. Though he and the man he honored through his art did not know each other, a shared love of books has forever connected the two Lake Foresters. Hessemer explained that the untitled piece, though abstract, “does relate to the idea of two people…It’s like two people existing in one space.”
Source: “Library Sculpture Honors Frequent Patron Medica,” (Lake Forester, November 22, 2007)