Oracle of the Tree

2006
Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA
(Collaborative design with Michele Ku)
Limestone and granite tiles
Height 5ft  Width 10ft
Commissioned by the City of Alameda, CA

Masayuki Nagase and Michele Ku's design for this mosaic mural is based on the abstracted forms of the live oak tree. It is the main focal visual point of the lobby, placed behind the circulation desk. Since the Alameda Free Library is a crucial community center, they felt the symbol of the tree was an appropriate image. They visualized how the significant marker of the tree in history created a learning space where the community would exchange knowledge and wisdom.

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