Bookmarkers - Cordova Library
Local Artist Pam Cobb brings the characters of children's stories to life with her sculpture installation at the Cordova Library titled Bookmarkers. Cobb used a variety of exotic woods to create her larger than life sculptures of characters from children's books. In the center of the library is a sculpture of an open book engraved with the words of Cordova Middle School students. It was very important to Cobb that the student's words about their love of reading be incorporated into the final work. Cobb titled the installation Bookmarkers because the piece refers to the impressions that are left on the reader by the story's characters.
About the Artist
As a native Memphian and graduate of Memphis City Schools, I have been an active artist and teacher for most of my life. I have completed public art projects for the UrbanArt Commission---"Bookmarkers", a sculpture project for the Cordova Library, "Neighbors", a stainless steel installation for the Memphis Northeast Police Precinct. Other public art projects include an aluminum installation for the Exchange Club Family Center, as well as work for hotels, physicians' buildings, other corporate spaces, as well as residential spaces. Nature has consistently been a theme in my work, trees and water. During my teaching career, I gained inspiration from my students at Christian Brothers University and University of Memphis, where I was Assistant Professor of Art and art lecturer, respectively. Time spent on the Tennessee River and travel to various places have provided endless sources of subject matter.