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Points of Departure

Located just west of the main library entrance, the title of these 12 foot monolithic concrete sculptures, which was added to the Library grounds in 2013, refers to the small red glass tiles forming focal points in the work. It incorporates the idea that one of the functions of a library in the community is to give its users a starting point to develop their ideas, interests, plans and dreams.

Created and installed as a donation by artists James Phillips and John Martin Streeby, the project was supported by local businesses and agencies including: the City of Redding Community Services Department and its Art in Public Places Committee; Nichols Melburg & Rossetto, Architects and Engineers; Lowe’s Home Improvement Store; Shasta Redi-Mix; and Redding Electric Utility.

John Martin Streeby is best known for his elegant and eye-catching jumping salmon sculpture that runs the length of the Highway 44 Sacramento Bridge Approach near the Turtle Bay off-ramp.

Another monolithic sculpture, “Points of Perspective” by James Phillips, can be seen near the Shasta College Learning Resource Center.

The three monoloths