Courtesy: Metro Arts

Rise Above

Nashville, Tennessee

Brenda Stein (

Bellevue Branch Library, 720 Baugh Rd., Nashville, Tennessee, 37221
Owner:  Metro Nashville Arts Commission (
Date:  2015
Placement:  libraries (buildings)
Collection:  Metro Nashville Arts Commission
Artwork Type:  sculpture (visual work)
Material:  wood (plant material), aluminum (metal)
Description:  Metro Arts commissioned Nashville artist and woodturner Brenda Stein to create an interior artwork using wood from hackberry trees removed from the Bellevue Branch Library construction site. Dedicated in 2015, Stein’s suspended wood sculpture is titled Rise Above. Her artwork is inspired by the Bellevue community’s resiliency and the limitless possibilities of books and learning. Above the circulation desk and the tech commons, eight-three birds gracefully soar together past the clerestory windows. In the children’s area, a colorful mobile of heart-shaped leaves provides a playful canopy above the seating area.

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