Cloud Forest, 2013
Roger White Stoller
Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, 3800 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA
City of Palo Alto Public Art Program
Inspired by El Palo Alto – the tree that our City is named for - Cloud Forest is an outdoor/indoor engaging and dynamic steel artwork for the entrance to the new Mitchell Park Library. The piece plays on the unique relationship between the coastal redwoods and the marine layer that comes off the Pacific Ocean. These winds spread the seeds necessary to grow more generations of trees, much like the Library’s role in spreading seeds of knowledge to the community. This abstract artwork is a metaphor for the relationship between the new Library and the community, between the City and Silicon Valley, & between Silicon Valley and the world.
According to Stoller, Cloud Forest “transforms the library entrance into a steel-forest portal of abstract shape and light.” The artwork created out of a latticework of stainless steel draws viewers into the library from a distance; its elaborate details, light and abstractions continues to engage library visitors as they cross into the space.