Tom Perriello listens to an IUE-CWA Local 162 union member asking about automation.
Tom Perriello’s last stop in his listening tour through Roanoke was at the IUE-CWA Local 162 Roanoke headquarters where about 10 union rank and file members and union shop stewards from Verizon, ITT now the Harris Corporation, GE and Virginia Transformer peppered him with questions. Union members are not shy about asking questions.
Before Perriello arrived Jack Roland Chief Steward with Local 82162 at Harris Corporation said he wanted to know how Perriello views the future of the working class. Where does he see unions place in the future.
Jeff Moran, who works for Harris Corporation (again formerly ITT
Councilman Rupert Cutler, Madeline Wiener, Sculptor, Mayor David Bowers with children from Catholic school
The Colorado sculptor, Madeline Wiener was picked from four of 85 applicants to create a “Reading Garden” for the Gainsboro Branch library. She had a beautiful sunny fall day for the dedication of her smooth sandstone sculptures Thursday afternoon.
Wiener credited community involvement that enabled her to get to know about the history of the Gainsboro library. The purchase is funded by the city’s one-percent of the budgets of certain projects. These funds are dedicated for the Art Program that also supports a variety of public art throughout the city.
Children from the Catholic school were delighted as they crawled over the figures and sat in their laps. They read every word etched on the books held by the sandstone sculptures.
Mayor Bowers had a story to tell (as usual) about moving the Wiener Stand and how the blue-collar citizens of Roanoke were upset at its displacement for Center in the Square. Bowers included himself in the blue-collar category. Saying that he appreciates art “though he does not always understand it” he said “you have to have a little bit of something for everyone.”
Wiener said the entire installation is intended to entice sitting and project a subliminal message that inspires one to read. “One can take a book outside the library and read with figures that represent anybody – anybody who has ever read a book or who has ever been read to,” said Wiener.
Her public commissions can be seen across the United States and as far abroad as India. Her work has been included in many national publications including Stone in America and Sculpture Review Magazine. She also teaches and lectures, and founded the Marble Symposium in Marble, Colorado. “Reading Garden” is derivative of Wiener’s “Bench People” series, which use multiple seating areas to create functional works of art.