‘The Sky’s the Limit’ at Porter Library

 

Westlake Porter Library

Tom Benson, Porter Trustee President Bob Plantz, artist Don Lundstrum, Trustee Duane Van Dyke, benefactor Dr. Jeanne Bishop, Porter Library Director Andre Mangels and Truste Alayne Fodor with the newly installed Porter Public Library artwork, “The Sky’s the Limit,”  in the background.

Tom Benson, Porter Trustee President Bob Plantz, artist Don Lundstrum, Trustee Duane Van Dyke, benefactor Dr. Jeanne Bishop, Porter Library Director Andre Mangels and Truste Alayne Fodor with the newly installed Porter Public Library artwork, “The Sky’s the Limit,” in the background.

“The Sky’s the Limit” is the name of the distinctive  bas-relief art work now installed at Westlake Porter Library.

The 3-D creation made of copper and aluminum, crafted by noted artist Don Lundstrom, sits gloriously above the information desk. In two parts, one section depicts a global map highlighted by the space shuttle’s  orbital trace, the other an adult educator pointing the way of knowledge to a student.

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The work honors the late Allan Bishop, an engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center. It was commissioned by his wife, Dr. Jeanne Bishop, to honor his life and work.

A reception was hosted last week at the library as Director Andrew Mangels welcomed Lundstrom, Dr. Bishop and colleagues of the late Allan Bishop.

Dr. Jeanne Bishop is a  former science teacher at Westlake High School, and current director of the planetarium at Parkside Middle School.  Allan and Jeanne Bishop always believed strongly in the importance of libraries. The adult depicted in the artwork represents Allan Bishop and his dedication in pointing the way for future generations.  Dr. Allan R. Bishop is credited with developing how to dock the Space Shuttle with the International Space Station.

 

 

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