NORTH PARK — The city is commissioning four video installations for the Albany Park Branch Library, and members of the community are invited to learn more about the process — and perhaps apply to the call for art themselves.
The videos will ultimately be displayed on a prominent four-panel LCD video wall system in the lobby of the library, 3401 W. Foster Ave. The 16,500-square-foot branch opened in 2014, replacing the neighborhood's former library, built on the same site in 1963.
A public forum will be held at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the library to share information about the project, obtain community feedback and answer any questions.
According to the call for entries, placed by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the videos are intended "to contribute a depth of experience for visitors to the branch" and should reflect a "sense of place" by incorporating values including diversity, lifelong learning, creativity and nature.
The entry deadline is March 12. A selection panel includes faculty members from Northeastern Illinois University and North Park University, as well as professional artists who live in Albany Park.
The chosen artists — at least two of whom will be Chicago-based — will each receive $4,500 commissions.
Teens from the library's YouMedia program created a video tour of the site for artists unable to visit in person.
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