Frome artist and sculptor Kate Dixon has donated her latest sculpture, Monkey With A Book, to Somerset County Council’s Frome library.
The nationally recognised sculptor’s last public work was a bronze sculpture for Kew Gardens, which was the first new commission by the Gardens in over 100 years.
Frome library asked Kate to help decorate the children’s library ready for the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge, Animal Agents, which encourages children to read over the summer holidays.
Kate spent weeks exploring monkeys and papier mache before Monkey With A Book appeared.
Kate Dixon, Sculptor, said: “I am delighted to be, once again, in the public domain. The library is full of ideas and inspiration, to learn, travel, explore and investigate. Monkey With A Book, my first public sculpture in 10 years, was inspired by books. I hope he will encourage children to visit the library and ‘monkey with a book’ for themselves.”
Cerian Amery, library supervisor, said: “We are delighted that Kate has chosen to donate Monkey With A Book to Frome library. He is a splendid addition to the team and we are already thinking about competitions for later in the year based on him, and what he gets up to when the library is closed.”
The sculpture is on permanent display by the ground floor enquiry desk. Kate has also produced a short leaflet explaining how she came to make the sculpture.
The Somerset Summer Reading Challenge runs until Saturday 9 September so there is plenty of time left to join in, read books, collect stickers and work out the mystery of the graffiti in the library.