On January 29, 2015, Brenda Stein’s first public artwork, Rise Above, was unveiled at the dedication of the new Bellevue Branch Library. The installation, commissioned by the City of Nashville, features over 80 birds soaring in formation in the library commons, as well as a large mobile in the children’s area. The birds and leaves were created from hackberry trees salvaged from the library construction site. Stein chose the theme of birds to portray the resiliency of the people of Bellevue, as well as the limitless possibilities of books and learning. Bellevue and other areas of Nashville were devastated by a flood in 2010. The larger community responded quickly with all types of aid, turning a tragedy into a story of hope and strength.
In her transition from studio artist to public artist, Brenda Stein credits the encouragement and support of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission with making the leap possible and the process less daunting. She also notes that her Bellevue Branch Library played a large role in her development as an artist by making it easy to borrow high quality educational and inspirational resources.
Rise Above brings Nashville’s public art collection to 40 works.
For Tony Gonzalez’s story of Rise Above at the Tennessean, please click Here