"PUBLIC WRITING, PUBLIC LIBRARIES"
Whether statues, sculptures or graffiti, public art is a relatively common sight. Less so with public writing. Beginning May 2014, in partnership with Grin City Collective, Molly started "Public Writing, Public Libraries" installing in vinyl film short works or excerpts of fiction, nonfiction and poetry in the windows of area libraries.
Phase 1 of the project included three installations at Drake Community Library (Grinnell, IA): Molly Rideout's "The Day the Colors Left," Kevin Haworth's excerpts from "Plagues," and Emma Saperstein's "Anthony." The writing is visible from either the inside or outside of the building and attracts patrons into the library to read the full piece.
Phase 2 of "Public Writing, Public Libraries," occurred in spring 2015 with 12 Iowa libraries. The writers were poet Pauliina Haasjoki (Helsinki, Finland), Kevin Haworth (Athens, OH), Molly Rideout (Grinnell, IA) and Purvi Shah (Brooklyn, NY). Participating libraries were: Knoxville, Pella, Newton, Marshalltown, Tama, Toledo, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, North Liberty and Coralville Public Libraries and Burling Library at Grinnell College. 4 weeks, 6,600 words, 1200 sq feet of vinyl film, 2,000 miles of driving, and many, many hours to produce and install.
Photos below of Molly's original work at the Cedar Rapids, Toledo and Newton Public Libraries and Drake Community Library.
"A Rare Writing Project from the Artists Known as Grin City" (Iowa Public Radio)
"Cedar Rapids Public Library puts up unusual public art" (Cedar Rapids Gazette)