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Library Wall Demolished for Party?

By Henry Bryant

You may be aware that the East Atlanta Library is closing this month on September 16 for renovations, and there will be some major changes. The demolition has already begun—or has it? The last art show before the renovation starts features a demolished wall in the meeting room art gallery. Trompe l’oeil is a French art term meaning a visual illusion used to trick the eye into perceiving a painted detail as a three-dimensional object. In this case, muralist and fine artist Justin Haskell has created one large piece that is centered on the gallery wall. It takes a minute to realize that there is not actually a huge hole in the wall. The painting reveals a fantastic landscape reminiscent of Salvador Dali or some other Surrealist master.

Everyone is invited to a Demolition Reception at the library on August 24 at 3:30pm to see the painting which was created especially for the East Atlanta Library August/September art show. Attendees will get a chance to meet the artist. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The artist, food, and fun will all be real!

The show, sponsored by the Friends of East Atlanta Library and the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, will come down in early September to prepare for the real demolition and rebuilding that will take place over the following months. The already-renovated Kirkwood Branch Library and the relatively new Southeast Branch Library, both nearby, will be open while East Atlanta undergoes its transformation.