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Explicitus Est Liber

Submitted by Brad Goldberg

Client: Foundation for the Library

Location: Memphis, TN, United States

Completion date: 2001

Artwork budget: $555,500

Project Team


Diana Goldberg

Brad J. Goldberg, Inc.


Garrison Roots


The Library is a repository of recorded history, culture and human endeavor representing the sheer tenacity and intellectual curiosity of the human spirit. Granite paving scrolls, imprinted with text and images and unfurling across the entrance plaza, are seen as a metaphor for the acquisition of knowledge and learning. A visually informative and functional environment results in an interactive passage. An Invitation…to the child, the student, the scholar, the teacher, the patron of learning, the bookworm, the professional, the academician…to explore the library.


The Artists' goal was to create an interactive space within the entrance plaza to the library, whereby the user of the library must walk over the artwork and engage with its large amount of visual information in order to enter the library.


Three Artists, Brad Goldberg, Diana Goldberg, and Garrison Roots collaborated on this Artwork. The project involved a tremendous amount of research for source material, the learning of new software for designing the scrolls and using a plotter with a knife blade to cut approximately 2000 s.f. of rubber templates for sandblasting, the laying and picking of the templates, etc. The Artists were informed that they had stretched the limits of the software available at the time of fabrication in one of the first projects that used such extensive imagery in stone.

Additional Information

This project was awarded a 2002 Public Art Network Year in Review by Americans for the Arts