The infinite recyclability of copper (was Pittsburg Library’s roof)

Janet Lewis installs copper sculptures (Credit: Janet Lewis)

Janet Lewis installs copper sculptures (Credit: Janet Lewis)

In my weekly trawl of copper stories, I came across this article on the new art adorning Pittsburg Public Library. Metal smith Janet Lewis, herself a previous reference librarian, now metalworker, reused the old copper from the library‘s roof to create a series of 14 sculptures, entitled ‘Legacy’ for the as part of the library’s refurbishment.

Inspired by the shapes and patterns Lewis saw during a visit to Beijing’s imperial Forbidden City, she spent over 500 hours bringing out the metal’s natural shapes and patterns, working with the clean metal found between the lead solder and caulking used in the construction of the original roof. A range of photos of the works can be seen on Pittsburg Public Library’s facebook page. Janet Lewis’ other work also involves reusing found and natural materials. Continue reading