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Paper lantern graces Thornton’s Anythink library with light

Margaret Jackson
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By Margaret Jackson / NewsBreak Denver

(Thornton, Colo.) Artist Helen Hiebert will build a large-scale paper lantern at the Anythink library in Thornton.

Anythink is hosting Hiebert as an artist-in-residence at Anythink Wright Farms, where visitors are invited to observe her artistic process and ask questions from May 13-20. The lantern will be on display starting May 20.

“The theme of this year’s mySummer is wishes, and Hellen Hiebert’s lantern installation embodies this perfectly,” said Stacie Ledden, director of strategic partnerships at Anythink. “Her art will encourage our community to be hopeful, feel empathy for others and marvel at the bright future ahead of us.”

As an experience library, Anythink introduced mySummer in 2010 as a way for people of all ages to let their curiosity guide them during the summer months.

Visitors stepping inside the lantern can ponder how they can “be the light.” When they step outside, they’ll be prompted to think about how they can share the light in their communities.

Anythink previously worked with Hiebert in 2014 on “The Wish,” a large dandelion sculpture commissioned for Anythink Huron Street made of 300 handcrafted paper seeds representing people’s wishes.

Based in Red Cliff, Hiebert constructs installations, sculptures, films, artists’ books and other works using handmade paper as her primary medium. Her work explores how she and everyone on the planet can coexist and thrive.

Public drop-in sessions to learn more about Hiebert and her process are from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 14 and May 17. A livestream Q&A will be held from noon to 1 p.m. May 19.

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