Donation by library and art supporters gives sculpture a permanent homeAug 262015
Former member of the Westerville Library Foundation and the Westerville Parks Foundation, Eric Busch, along with his wife Susan, has presented the Westerville Library Foundation with funding to purchase the sculpture Cochlea Bench. The popular sculpture has been located on the library's lawn as a part of the "Public Art in Westerville Spaces" sculpture program - a yearly lease program initiated in 2011 by the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department, Westerville Parks Foundation and the Arts Council of Westerville - that has placed a variety of sculptures at sites throughout our community.
Pictured from left to right: Sondra Kowaluk, Westerville Library Foundation president; Lisa Kluchurosky, Westerville Parks Foundation president; Susan Busch; Eric Busch; and Don W. Barlow, Westerville Public Library executive director
Eric is pleased to be able to make this donation. "We put the library into our will more than a dozen years ago. When we made the decision last year to move closer to grandchildren, it seemed the right time to say 'thank you' to the community of Westerville and the library for all they have meant to us. This felt like the perfect project since we strongly believe that art should be a part of everyday life for all ages."
The Buschs specifically chose the Cochlea Bench, created by artist Jim Gallucci, because it invites interaction by library visitors. People are able to sit on the two benches that are incorporated into the sculpture. Based on the human inner ear, the artwork also includes a steel spiral enabling a person to talk into one end and be heard at the other end. Since its installment at the library in April, children have loved playing on the steel sculpture. "I am so pleased," Susan remarked, "that this fun and quirky piece of art is right in front of our wonderful library. It calls you over to sit on it, look at it, and talk into and about it."
The Buschs agreed that "Westerville Library has always been a treasure for our family, especially when our children were young."
Thanks to the sponsorship by Eric and Susan Busch, the Cochlea Bench is now a permanent piece of art at the Westerville Public Library.