Tom Torluemke's "The Reader" was chosen from
four designs presented to the Art Committee and library's Board of Trustees on January 5, 2012.
"The Reader" will be made of painted ash and birch woods. Torluemke's mobile is loaded with
symbolism inspired by the library's mission — "Read, Discover and Connect in the Library" — in combination
with elements of literature and Crown Point history.
Symbols include the sun's rays shining down on us, also an open book releasing knowledge, arms for
man striving to advance and reaching to connect, someone with their head in a book reading, an apple for
education, a scroll for learning, a key to knowledge and two rings for Crown Point's marriage mill, with
small cars on the blue ring honoring the Cobe Cup race and a cat's cradle at the bottom, representing the
novel written by Indiana author Kurt Vonnegut, and a question mark for curiosity.
"The Reader" will be suspended from the second floor of the new library at 122 N. Main St. It will
be visible from the entrance and second floor lobbies and is expected to be installed in August. The
project is being paid for from gift funds.