The Copper Queen Library Annex's Statas of Time Water Feature demonstrates the stratas of time, with different layers of the sculpture representing different periods of geological time. Layers include : fossils, bones, pottery shards, and artifacts from the mining era of southern Arizona. The sculpture/water feature uses water from the Annex's rain catchment system.
Southwest Photo Mural
Artist : Bridget Shanahan Year : 2020 Location : Copper Queen Library | Old Bisbee Funder : Bisbee Arts Commission
The Copper Queen Library's Southwest Photo Mural was designed by graphic artist Bridget Shanahan and features historic photographs of Bisbee from the CQL's permanent collection.
Stained Glass Window
Artist : Nicole Piper Year : 2022
Location : Copper Queen Library | 6 Main Street | Old Bisbee
Funder : Bisbee Arts Commission & The Friends of the Copper Queen Library
Designed and crafted by Bisbee artist Nicole Piper, this art project was created to commemorate the Copper Queen Library's 140 years of service to the Bisbee Community in 2022 and celebrates the flora and fauna of unique desert environment.
Artist : Bill Mead
Year : 2023 Location : CQ Library Annex Patio | 519 W Melody Lane | San Jose Funder : Arizona Community Foundation
In the spring of 2023, Bisbee artist Bill Mead was commissioned by the CQ Library to create a mural on the Annex's Patio, a project sponsored by the Arizona Community Foundation, the City of Bisbee and the Arizona State Library.
Bisbee B.R.A.T.S. Parade
Artist : Gretchen Hill Year : 2023
Funder : The Friends of the Copper Queen Library
In 2023, the Copper Queen Library participated in Bisbee's annual B.R.A.T.S. Parade (Bisbee Rolling Art Transport Society). The art was created by Bisbee artist & CQL Early Literacy Coordinator Gretchen Hill and library patrons during the library's Open Art Studio Program.
Freedom to Read - A Community-Led Inside Out Action
Group Leader : Alison Williams Photographer : Ember Gulden Location : Bisbee Road | Bakerville Year : 2023
After winning the TED Prize on March 2, 2011, the French-artist JR launched the Inside Out Project, in his first TED Talk. Using his own artistic practice as inspiration, this participatory platform helps individuals and communities to make a statement by displaying large-scale black and white portraits in public spaces. Through their “Actions,” communities around the world have sparked collaborations and conversations.
Freedom to Read is a community-led Inside Out Action that showcases local Bisbee youth holding their favorite book and celebrates our freedom to read.