Ligonier Valley Library Vine of Knowledge

The Vine of Knowledge by Virgil Cantini

Located above the circulation desk in the Ligonier Valley Library (in Ligonier, Pennsylvania), the title for the sculpture is "The Vine of Knowledge." Knowledge is communicated by words which, in turn, are composed from alphabets. The letters of the alphabet have been illuminated by colored enamel representations of flowers whose names begin with these letters:

A for Aster J for Jasmine S for Sunflower
B for Buttercup K for Kalmia (Laurel) T for Trillium
C for Columbine L for Lily U for Umbrella Plant
D for Dogwood M for Morning Glory V for Violet
E for Everlasting N for Nasturtium W for Water Lily
F for Forget-Me-Not O for Oleander X for Xanthoceras
G for Gaillardia P for Pansy Y for Yarrow
H for Honeysuckle Q for Quince Z for Zinnia
I for Iris R for Rose    

The vine symbolizes the continuity of ideas that the flowers convey. The sculpture was made by Virgil Cantini in memory of Jennie King Mellon. It originally hung on the garden wall outside the library.

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