"Flight of Imagination" - CODAworx

"Flight of Imagination"

Submitted by Daniel DeRoux

Client: Mendenhall Library

Location: Juneau, AK, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $40,000

Project Team

Industry Resource

Ron Reed

Davis Construction

Public Art Agent

Donna Pierce

Juneau Borough


Daniel DeRoux


A flock of 7 life sized swans with books for wings in the library. Local trumpeter book swans flying north, spring is coming.


The library facility is a completely open and soaring space with large wrap around clerestory windows. The swans are 6 feet long and are imposing at about 55 pounds each but they occupy the space with grace and some subtlety. Ascending from 12' in the children's reading area up to the windows 50 feet away 16' up... it is hard to imagine the space without them.


The hanging of the swans at the correct angle was critical and the project manager worked with me in the lift to set the cable length and direction. The hanging of the piece was a total collaboration with the manager.