Project Overview

Explicitus est Liber - Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

The Library is a repository of recorded history, culture and human endeavor representing the sheer tenacity and intellectual curiosity of the human spirit. Granite paving scrolls, imprinted with text and images and unfurling across the entrance plaza, are seen as a metaphor for the acquisition of knowledge and learning. A visually informative and functional environment results in an interactive passage. An the child, the student, the scholar, the teacher, the patron of learning, the bookworm, the professional, the explore the library.

[The title] translates to “the book is open”

Artists Brad Goldberg and Garrison Roots collaborated to create their entry plaza installation at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library titled Explicitus est Liber. The installation, whose title translates to "the book is open" is meant to represent the threshold of knowledge that the public crosses as they enter the library. The piece is inscribed with imagery from various disciplines of knowledge and education.


About the Artists

Brad Goldberg

Artist Brad Goldberg sees his work as a fusion of sculpture with the landscape and the built environment. Goldberg does not view his sculptures as isolated objects, but rather as components of larger spatial experiences. He has worked throughout the United States as well as in France, Yugoslavia, Austria and Japan.

Garrison Roots

Garrison Roots is an installation artist who creates site-specific environments that encompass the viewer, making them a participant in the work. Roots received his Masters of Fine Arts from Washington University in Saint Louis, MO.  Along with completing several major public art commissions, Roots is a professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO.