Nesting in the Collaboration Space

| November 5, 2014

A peek into Nestbuilders

A peek into Nestbuilders

“What’s that big discoball on the second floor?”, a student asked. “It’s actually a nest!”, I exclaimed.

You, too, may have noticed our newest piece of art funded by The Myers Trust as part of the Library’s Exhibitions Program.

Intrigued by the “Reading Nest” at the Cleveland Public Library, the library design team contacted the artist, Brooklyn resident Mark Reigelman, to collaborate on a site-specific piece for the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College. The piece, entitled “Nestbuilders,” was completed on site on October 30, 2014.

Nestbuilders surrounds one of the pillars on the second floor collaboration space of the library. The piece, an oblong installation of magnetic strips of stainless steel on a steel armature, will temporarily adorn the pillar from now until January 15, 2015. Nestbuilders represents the nests we build as educators.

About the Artwork:

From the artist:

Nests are pieces of natural architecture that function as incubators of growth and community. In their work, teachers create conditions where academic, social, and emotional development is fostered, respected, and cherished. Teachers are nest builders!

Nestbuilders is inspired by the nests of a bird commonly known as the Social Weaver. These nests house hundreds of birds and are oftentimes found colliding with man-made structures. Built on a hanging metal substructure and cladded in over 10,000 pieces of magnetically-attached stainless steel, Nestbuilders sits at the heart of the collaboration space of the Gottesman Libraries, where hundreds of teachers gather every day to engage in dialogue and advance learning.

Want to learn more?

Join the public discussion & reception on the 2nd floor of the library, Thursday, November 13th at 4PM to speak with the artist, Mark Reigelman II.

Check out the other exhibitions around the library on the first, second and third floors. And learn about previous exhibitions on PocketKnowledge.


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