world renowned artist is painting a colorful, wall-sized mural of books on the
side of the John L. Dart Branch Library to honor Cynthia Graham Hurd, a 31-year
employee of Charleston County Public Library and one of nine victims shot last
year at Emanuel AME Church.
and author R. ROBOTS will paint the bright geometric mural on the south side of
the branch at 1067 King Street from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. from Tuesday, February 23
through Friday, February 26 (weather dependent). Residents in the area
are encouraged to visit and watch him work, and kids can participate in a
workshop with the artist from 3:30-5 p.m. on Thursday, February 25to create their own mural-inspired artwork to be
attached to book carts in the building.
was branch manager at the Dart Branch for 21 years before serving as branch
manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library. The mural is being partially
funded by a donation from Winston & Strawn LLP to the Cynthia Graham Hurd
Memorial Fund, which was established at Charleston County Public Library by the
Graham-Hurd families to promote outreach and educational programming at the two
libraries she managed during her career.
project is a collaboration between CCPL and Enough Pie, a non-profit organization
dedicated to engaging and inspiring residents in Charleston’s Upper Peninsula.
The organization identified the talented muralist and street artist to be part
of the project.
Acting Executive Director Cynthia Bledsoe praised Enough Pie plus the many
other donors and organizations committed to seeing that Hurd’s legacy
grew up and lived just blocks from the Dart Library, and she helped thousands
of people during her years there. This bright, bold mural will be a daily
reminder of Cynthia and all the lives she touched,” she said.
Pie Executive Director Cathryn Zommer said the Dart Library is a great
community resource, and the organization is pleased to be able to help honor
believe this mural will bring more folks to the branch and honor Cynthia by
illuminating the magic of books and storytelling on a main wall of the
Nick Kuszyk, aka R. Robots, is known for his large public art projects
throughout the world, including sites in Berlin, Prague, London, Tel Aviv and
throughout the United States. His work also hangs in galleries and Penguin
Books published his children’s book, R Robot Saves Lunch, in 2003.
Kuszyk graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Painting and
Sculpture and was awarded a Virginia Museum Fellowship. He currently lives in