Sparwood Library is home to new local artwork – The Free Press

Sparwood Public Library has a new art installation by a local artist.

Created over the past year and installed in February, the glass-on-glass artwork depicts scenes from Vimy Ridge, the site of an infamous First World War battle in France.

“I’m very happy with it, it took a long time to do,” said art creator Pat Kozler, who was commissioned to make the piece that sits on the interior main entrance door. the library.

Composed of crushed glass and depicting fields of poppies and a rising sun, the coin pays homage to the memory of veterans of past wars.

Funding for the piece was provided by the Columbia Basin Trust, to which the library applied for funding in 2020 for a veteran-themed piece.

Kozler, who has worked with glass for six years and has decades of experience as an artist, said it was great to have local art on display.

“Sparwood has a lot of artists and they’re all really great, but there’s no place to display their work.”

Library board member Samantha Batten said the piece made the library brighter and reminded everyone to be grateful to veterans.

“It’s great to show off local talent in such a prominent place that everyone is going to see when they walk in,” Batten said.

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