Leander residents will have an artful new way to enjoy the books they check out at the Leander Public Library following the installation Thursday of three new art benches in the library's art garden.
Each bench was completed by a different artist picked by the Leander Public Arts Commission out of 37 applicants for the project. The commission, which oversaw the creation, funding and installation of the benches, requested the artists craft their benches to represent Texas tales and journeys.
Rollin Karg, whose stainless steel bench with a large metal sheet emerge from the left side topped with decorative glass, said he bought his piece to be able withstand the outdoor elements for years without deteriorating to represent the resilience he sees in Texans.
The second art bench resembling a quasar was created by artist Elizabeth Akamatsu. The third bench by Don Lawler is still being installed and is expected to be completed by Wednesday, Oct. 23.
The commission plans to seek out co-sponsors in the future to help fund several more art benches, which will be placed along trails, parks and gathering places to create a trail of benches throughout the Leander community.