Project Overview

Hollywood Library Sculptures - Hollywood Library

I’ve been a professional blacksmith for 14 years. I make my living designing and building custom ironwork. My profession is creative, challenging and lots of fun.
— Jill Turman

The importance of reading and learning to children within the Hollywood neighborhood lent itself to a total renovation of the community’s library. Along with these renovations came the need for artistic enhancements to the grounds as well. Thus, Jill Turman, known in Memphis for her Cooper Young Trestle and several bike racks, was commissioned to design a series of painted steel sculptures to embellish the walls of the Library, paired with three freestanding sculptures of writing utensils. The series is based on drawings by neighborhood children. The works create an environment that promotes reading to all users, while offering appealing designs particularly to the young library patrons.


About the Artist

Jill Turman

Jill Turman has completed several works of public art during her career as a professional artist. Turman opened her first metalworking studio in Memphis, Tennessee in 1997.  During her time in Memphis, Jill completed the Cooper-Young Trestle as well as several sculptural bicycle racks throughout out the City of Memphis.  In 2006 Turman returned to her home state of California to establish a new studio called Bella Ironworks.  Jill Turman is currently living and working in Alameda, California.