Riddle me this, Madison: Why did the librarian slip and fall on the floor?
That question may not be the first one prompted by the presence of a giant question mark sculpture in the new Madison Central Library, unveiled to grand pomp and circumstance on Thursday night. But the sculpture is meant to provoke all kinds of questions that library patrons can search for the answers to in the new building.
“Sometimes it’s very difficult to have an iconic piece and also some kind of inspiration or meaning, and in this case, we’re able to marry both,” Rosario Marquardt, a Miami-based artist who created the sculpture with her husband Roberto, told Channel3000.com.
Here are some of the reactions that the unveiling prompted in social media:
The library tweeted photos all night from the unveiling via its @madisonbubbler account: "What is a library? We’re not afraid of a big question . . . Or a mark for that matter."
Madison artist and performer Angela Richardson commented on Facebook: “The public library as THE place to ask questions, seek answers, and try new things. I love the amusement park whimsy of it - public library as a playground for the curious. Yes!”
UW student Elziata Beck (@Elzbeck) tweeted: "#madmark is pretty sweet!"
Madison.com’s own Bill Novak took a more sardonic take (as he’s apt to do) at @BillNovakNews: "The Central Library has a question mark. A big question mark. What's next? I'm hoping for "quote marks" & where it's @."
Oh, and the answer to our question above? She wandered into the non-friction section.