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Project Overview

Borrowed Light

9' x 5'

Kinetic Aluminum Sculpture with LED Lighting

Southwest Oklahoma City, Library 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Borrowed Light is 8½ feet high and has five cylindrical columns that create a cloverleaf design. The kinetic sculpture is made from 12 sheets of industrial grade aluminum that are laser cut and welded over an internal armature for stability and support. Each of the vertical panels features an intricate laser design that is backed with a bluish green material that creates a perception of depth. At night, LED lighting inside the sculpture causes it to glow and gives the work an added dimension.


“I'm an avid reader and a believer that books offer a wonderful way to experience the universe,” Morrison explained. “It doesn't matter if you get that knowledge through a book or an electronic format; the process is the same. Anyone who's willing to go through the front door of a library has access. ‘Borrowed Light' is the information you may encounter.” 

“Ms. Morrison is known for creating thoughtful works of sculpture that speak to a community in deep and meaningful ways. Borrowed Light is no exception. The Pioneer Library System appreciates the City’s investment in this beautiful piece of public art for the Southwest Oklahoma City Library. We know it will be enjoyed by all who visit the library.” states Anne Masters, Director of the Pioneer Library System, Oklahoma City.

Deedee Morrison is a sculptor and renewable energy artist. She works in a very industrial setting that is an inspired environment for an artist to create work. Her studio is in the home of the Old Republic Steel Mill and what is currently, Wade Sand and Gravel Quarry. The sculptor works with limestone rocks that have been harvested from an area in the quarry with 600 million years of geological history. The process of harvesting the stone brings a certain awareness and perspective to her work.  A second element of influence is the backdrop of the old steel mill and buildings that brought in the industrial development of the whole region and has since been made obsolete - Republic Steel closed in the 70‘s. There is, of course, residue and environmental impact from this period in Birmingham’s history. But at the time, the steel plant made the most of the known technology at the time by producing by-products from the coke ovens that included gas, tar, light oil, etc. The sculptures inspired by this working environment are intriguing because each presents renewable energy technologies that can continue to answer many of the compelling energy challenges we face today - smarter, cleaner and more energy efficient as we evolve in our understanding of what serves our future and the future of our children best.

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