Oracle of the Tree
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.
Cadence of Water
The architecture firm designed the façade of this library with 8 designated areas for a medallion design detail. Masayuki Nagase carved a series of reliefs with varying patterns that express the changing light and form of waves. Each relief has a unique pattern and a rhythm like the variation of music. They become a subtle feature in the architecture, bringing the viewer’s attention and awareness back to nature.
Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA
(Collaborative design with Michele Ku)
Medium: Limestone and granite tiles
Dimensions: Height 5 ft, Width 10 ft (Oracle of the Tree)
Height 3 ft, Length 4 ft (Cadence of Water)
Commissioned by the City of Alameda, CA