Arboretum Illuminatum (Three lighting sculptures)
University of Oregon, Knight Library Reading Garden, Eugene, OR
1991 • Bronze • 3.5’ x 3’ x 2’

Each of these three plant-form lighting fixtures has a quotation on the illuminating and restorative power of literature, etched into the sheet bronze of one or more of its pages. From Lord Chesterfield: “Knowledge is a comfortable and necessary retreat and shelter for us in an advaned age, and if we do not plant it while young, it will give us no shade when we grow old.” From Robert Louis Stevenson: “Go little book and wish to all/ Flowers in the garden, meat in the hall./ A bin of wine, a spice of wit/ A house with lawns enclosng it,/A living river by the door,/A nightingale in the sycamore!” From Judah Ibn Tibbon: “Let your bookcases and your shelves be your gardens and your pleasure-grounds. Pluck the fruit that grows therein, gather the roses, the spices, and the myrrh.” Calligraphy by Jeanne McMenemy.