Sunbench by Clyde Lynds (1998) J. Eugene Smith Library

by Stephen Horvath

Clyde Lynds brings disparate concepts together in the sculpture, Sunbench.  By day, the textured, raw charm of the concrete bench is apparent.   As the sky dims, fiber optics alight the sculpture internally transforming it to a more contemporary art form.  As the light cycles through several configurations of display, visitors see early life forms shifting to elements of the cosmos over time. The forms Lynds created represent the breadth of knowledge found in a library and reference Daniel Webster’s quote carved into the front, “Knowledge is the great sun in the firmament. Life and power are scattered in all its beams.”

Photo by Gabrielle Rosa

Photo by Stephen Horvath