Inspired by mythology involving griffins, trees of enlightenment, and wise owls, artist Mark Reigelman has created an enormous wooden bird’s nest sitting right outside Cleveland’s Public Library. Measuring 13-feet-tall and 36-feet-wide, the Reading Nest is built out of 10,000 reclaimed pallet boards and uses 40,000 nails to hold it together. The exterior walls are a mix of raw wood and gold painted boards, while the vast interior is completely covered in golden planks to reference the griffin and their mythological gold nests. The sculpture is meant to symbolize growth, community, and knowledge.
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