Artwork at the Dearborn Public Library
The Rotunda Gallery
Located on the first floor of the Henry Ford Centennial Library, the Rotunda is a free, public gallery, and is open during the regular library hours. The Rotunda Gallery presents quality exhibits to the public that will educate and enlighten. The exhibit space in the Rotunda is managed cooperatively by the Dearborn Library Commission and the Dearborn Community Arts Council.
Exhibits and installations are overseen by the Padzieski Art Gallery Coordinator. The Rotunda Gallery invites artists to submit proposals for art exhibitions. Exhibit proposals are accepted throughout the year. Click Here for a Rotunda Gallery Exhibit Form.
Artwork at the Henry Ford Centennial Library
- Life-Size Memorial Statue of Henry Ford The slightly larger than life-size image of Henry Ford is made of a chemically-treated bronze and is mounted on a Vermont verde antique marble base in front of a backdrop screen made of the same material. The backdrop includes several inscriptions and four vignettes highlighting eventful moments in the life of Henry Ford.
- Vignette 1 “On the upper left you can see the big road engine which inspired him when he was a youth. And he is running along in front of it. It also has the old schoolhouse, and inside the school are the watchmaking facilities. Some of the early farming and blacksmithing is represented.”
- Vignette 2 “Here are some of the steam engines which he operated when he was doing farmwork, a mill for cutting timber, out of which he made his own lumber and built his own square house. The square house is in there.”
- Vignette 3 “On the top are the various building of the Ford Empire, from the little one in the center, the little Bagley Plant, the Rotunda, the World Headquarters, the Highland Park plant and all the other are in there if you have enough time to seek them out.”
- Vignette 4 “On the lower right hand side are all the various automobiles that meant a lot to him. The very first little one with him driving it, a Model T, the first truck, Olds 99, the other race car, a lot of things which meant a great deal to him, and of course, in the background the horse which he dislodged from society.”
- Rear Inscription
- Bas-Relief Mosaic Map of the Continental United States G. Michaels - It is bas-relief in form and is constructed of individually mounted hand-cut Japanese tile. Included in the construction of the mural are wooden reglets and brass-coated nickel flashings taken from a foundry that not only mark the locations of Ford assembly plants that were active in the 1960’s, but serve as decorative embellishments to the design of the mural. The concave curvature of the map is mirrored in the curved handrail that outlines the contour of the winding staircase that passes directly in front of the mural.
- Tapestry G. Michaels - Made of wool and woven using Gobelin technique (by Edmond De Cneudt of Baarn, the Netherlands). It was comissioned by the Dearborn Library Commission and acquired in 1976.
- Serpentine Wall G. Michaels - S shaped purchase for the library by the Ford Foundation. Experimental tiles from Cranbrook, marble and shale from lake Huron. It took the artist and 4 assistants 3 months to complete the sculpture. 4′ long x 4′ high x 2′ wide (no fountain because he didn’t want to compete with the one already outside the library).
- Dollhouse This dollhouse has made the Dearborn Public Library it's home for a number of years. It is a beloved attraction for both the young and old, and is routinely decorated to reflect the upcoming festivities by local miniature enthusiasts.
Artwork at the Bryant Branch Library
- Application of Knowledge Artist Paul Honore studied at Cass Technical High School, the Detroit School of Fine Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy and in Paris. For many years he ran an art school in Royal Oak, Michigan. He is famous both for murals and for woodcut prints. Perhaps his best woodcuts can be seen in Charles Finger’s book, Tales from the Silver Lands, which won the Newberry medal in 1925.
- The East Fireplace The fireplace that is now in the children’s area, has a typical Arts and Crafts motif that was popular during the early 20th century. It features a stylized stag done in elegant browns and iridescent golds. It is framed in a striking blue Persian design.
- The West Fireplace The west fireplace was originally designed for the Children’s area of the library. This area is now the Adult Reading Alcove. The tiles are based on illustrations from Walter Crane’s “The Baby’s Opera.” The brilliant blue glazes that Mrs. Stratton loved are very evident here.
- Aspiration of Knowledge He has painted murals for the architecture department of the University of Michigan, the People’s Church in East Lansing, the old Masonic Temple in Detroit and the Midland County Courthouse, as well as, for several prival homes. The murals for the Midland County Courthouse were done in an experimental media called plastic mosaic which Mr. Honore delvoped along with the Dow Chemical Company.