Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


August 15, 2013

A mighty elm grows in Andover; New library banner rooted in history

New library banner rooted in history


Andover resident Suzanne Korschun, a graphic designer and member of the town’s Design Review Board, took it from there, working with Herman to select and develop the image for large-scale production and installation.

Since a crane couldn’t maneuver in the tight area, library officials employed a 60-foot ladder to unfurl the majestic elm tree on the library’s facade on July 31. Crafted of breathable mesh, the banner is expected to last for many years.

“We are very pleased with how it looks ... it’s now an art space, not just a brick building wall,” Korschun said.

Assistant Library Director Susan Katzenstein said it has been exciting to watch as the cold, muddy hillside at the rear entrance of the library got made over into an inviting, comfortable outdoor patio space earlier this summer. The spot has become a popular public attraction, welcoming people who spend time reading, working on electronic devices or just relaxing.

The addition of the banner adds the final touch and is drawing nothing but praise, she said.

“I think it’s the icing on the cake because it compliments our new patio so well,” Katzenstein said. “It’s just perfect.”

While the recent loss of some unhealthy trees at Doherty Middle School that were removed as part of a $2.5 million pavement makeover may have forced some residents to shed green tears this summer, the now-permanent big elm displayed on Memorial Hall Library is sure to make any tree hugger in the Tree City of Andover very happy.

“This monumental artwork will remind residents of what Andover once looked like,” Herman said.




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