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Spring/Summer 2009
Volume XXII, Number 2
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Mr. Fox & Mr. Rabbit Face Off Again

Mosaic Artwork Installed at Carver Ranches Library
Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art and Design Program announces the installation of a mosaic artwork at the Carver Ranches Branch Library in Hollywood in February. They have also been commissioned to design artwork for Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Branch - Interior: Tomato History of Dania and Children’s Section: Animal Tales; Riverland Branch - Remembering a River and Davie/Cooper City Branch- Taking Flight

The artworkCarver Ranches, Mr. Fox & Mr. Rabbit Face Off Again, is located in the clerestory of the atrium of Carver Ranches Library – a special spot, close to both the children’s area and the general reading area. The mosaics are created for the ceremonial, meditative and emblematic study of the cultural heritage (s) of Carver Ranches community.

Artists John Pitman Weber and Nina Smoot Cain, collaborated choosing symmetrical facing images of the central characters of this African-American animal fable cycle: Fox and Rabbit. These two characters match wits with each other and everyone else. They survived the Middle Passage (refers to the forcible passage of African people from Africa to the New World, as part of the Atlantic slave trade) and endured with the ancestors for that same reason—that they live by their ideas and resourcefulness, not by strength or power. These clever animals are found in the folk tales of every nation of the world. The framing patterns of the artwork are animated by both African and Seminole designs.

For more information, contact Greta Willis, Public Art and Design project manager at 954-357-8011 or e-mail gwillis@broward.org.


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