Body of Knowledge, which measures 14’ w x 10’ h, is composed of a large undulating curvilinear shape surrounded by a pattern of intermittent bricks that jut out of the wall. The adjacent bricks form a pattern that seems both random and at the same time reminiscent of Braille writing or the symbols from a computer data print-out. Before installing this brick bas-relief sculpture over the Angelo M. Iacoboni Library’s main entrance, Tom Van Sant sculpted each brick according to his master diagram and then supervised the firing at the kiln site. The artwork was then set into the wall by brick masons under Van Sant’s direction.
Historical Information Source: County of Los Angeles Public Library
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The Angelo M. Iacoboni Library was founded in 1954 — the same year that Lakewood officially incorporated as a city. Originally the library was located in the Faculty Shops in Lakewood Center near what was then the City Hall. The library moved to a larger building in 1959 and was rededicated in 1965 as the Angelo M. Iacoboni Library, after Lakewood's first mayor. The library moved to its present location in 1973.
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