Ludwig van Beethoven has taken up residence in the Crouch Fine Arts library. Or at least a stunning replica of him has. Made by the California artist, Joel Montgomery, the statuette of the famous composer was given to the fine arts library by Melvin Schuetz, library access services. The presentation, held Thursday, July 26, was attended by Schuetz and the fine arts staff. (See photo, from left: James Floyd, Kyle Babb, Stephen Bolech, Melvin Schuetz and Jaime Duerksen)
"I wanted to get something for the Baylor Libraries," said Schuetz, "but as my last donation had been a book, I tried to think of something different this time. I had the idea to find something that would not only benefit the Libraries, but would also contribute to the implementation of Baylor 2012. I saw Imperative VIII, which speaks to the inclusion of 'works of art' as one means of creating 'aesthetically pleasing physical spaces.' I was looking at paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other types of art available at various galleries on the Internet, and came across the artist who did this bronze sculpture (the medium he specializes in). He had several sculptures of different musical composers, and I was especially drawn to the Beethoven piece. To me the logical place for it was the Crouch Fine Arts Library, so I offered it to them."
James Floyd, public services coordinator of the Crouch Fine Arts Library noted, "The statuette captures the composer in a moment of contemplation and it is as imaginative and engaging as the music he composed."
Beethoven (1770-1827) is celebrated as one of the greatest composers in the history of music. He was a crucial figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music. You can see the statuette on display in the Crouch Fine Arts Library, Moody Memorial Library, third floor.