New Original Sculptures To Be Dedicated At Northwest Library


Since its opening on May 22, 2012, the Patience S. Latting Northwest Library, the latest entirely new library in the Metropolitan Library System, has proven to be one of the most popular.  And the celebration continues.

On Monday, September 17, 2012, four original works of art by California sculptor Solomon Bassoff, of Faducci Studio, will be dedicated and presented to the public for the first time.  One of the figures is of “America’s first cowgirl,” Lucille Mulhall.  Mulhall was a well-known rodeo performer who was raided near Mulhall, OK at the turn of the 20th century.  She is seen toting books by four Oklahoma authors—Joy Harjo, S.E. Hinton, Louis L’Amour, and Michael Wallis.              

The other sculptured figures are of three official state representatives, a raccoon, our official State Furbearing Animal; a collared lizard, the State Reptile; and a saurophaganax, the State Fossil.

“From its iconic oil derricks to its interior decorations celebrating the landscape and imagery of Oklahoma,” said Donna Morris, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Library System, “the Patience S. Latting Northwest Library is a perfect setting for Solomon Bassoff’s four sculptures portraying symbols and stories of our state from its pre-history to the present day”.

 The public dedication, followed by a Meet the Artist session, will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Northwest Library, 5600 N.W. 122nd Street in Oklahoma City.  Everyone is welcome. 

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The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 13 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Patience S. Latting Northwest, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at