"Giant Crow Artist" Unveils New Creation

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When volunteers at Hawn Memorial Library looked for a front entrance centerpiece, they never imagined what they'd end up with.

"Something long-lasting, beautiful piece of art that not only the library but the whole village will enjoy," said Debbie DelVecchio, Friends of Hawn Memorial Library.

Local sculptor Will Salisbury, who calls himself a social commentary artist, came up with the idea - a tree of knowledge bearing a batch of books that technology will never touch.

"In an age when books are, in a sense, fading from the script, you know," said Salisbury.

If you don't recognize Salisbury, you may recognize his work, including the giant crows that catch the eyes of drivers along Route 81 near Alexandria Bay.

When it came to creating the rough-hewn texture of a tree, he once again took an original approach.

"Then I took the sheets of metal and put 'em on the driveway and drove over them with a truck a couple hundred times," said Salisbury. 

The books are solid metal, too. 

The tree of knowledge is getting finishing touches at Salisbury's studio before it's put in place on a select piece of granite at the library.

"It'll just be the tree of knowledge and encourage people to come through our doors," said Glorian Reinman, Friends of Hawn Memorial Library.

Again, permanence is the idea.

Friday, October 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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