One heavy tome
Rockland — In the age of Kindle, the sight of a big, heavy book is becoming rare. That cannot be said on the lawn of Rockland Public Library, where a book weighing thousands of pounds arrived June 17.
The sculpture, commissioned by Rockland Public Library Endowment Association and the Friends of the Rockland Public Library and executed by city stone carver Joe Auciello, is sited on the bottom of the lawn, in full view of Union Street, fulfilling its mission to bring more visibility to the library.
What is clearly visible from first glance is the similarity between the stone of the sculpted book and the stone that is part of the original, Carnegie-funded, portion of the library. The sculpture was carved over the course of two months from a 5,800-pound piece of Jonesboro Red, the same granite found on the original library building.
Auciello did the work in his studio at Sharp’s Point South, carving “Rockland Public Library” and upper corners into the cover and compressed pages on the open end of the book. His initials and the year, 2014, are sandblasted down on the bottom of the spine.
“I’m particularly proud of the pages,” he said.
In addition to the commissioning organizations, which will schedule a dedication at a future date, a number of local businesses donated goods and services to the project, some at the last minute; Ferraiolo Construction took the call from Auciello and showed up with two yards of cement on the day of installation.
Other contributions that completed the project included George C. Hall & Sons, excavation; E.L. Spear Lumber, rebar and insulation; Prock Marine, delivery; Rockland Marine, sandblasting, and Rockport Steel, stainless rods.