The Woodland Library was recently honored to receive a Thinker replica sculpture, a generous donation from Don and Susan Watters of Los Altos. The sculpture is a bronze metal casting with walls nearly ½” thick, standing just over seven feet tall and weighing approximately six hundred pounds. The color is described as “Verdi” green, which is how copper/bronze appears once it has weathered. Despite spending over a decade outside in harsh New England weather, it still remains in nearly perfect condition.
This Thinker replica originally belonged to the Watters’ late son Kevin, who purchased it in December 2000 for delivery to his New Hampshire farm in February 2001. Upon the passing of their son, the Watters family decided the residents of Los Altos should be afforded the opportunity to enjoy this art, as visitors to their son’s farm had done for many years. They arranged shipping/crating from New Hampshire to California, and wanted to find a large space in which to display this impressive piece. After a bit of researching to find the best location, they offered it to the Woodland Library where it would not overwhelm the local scenery.
Despite the fact that Woodland is a small library branch, the outside lot is open and surrounded by majestic trees. The perfect spot was found at the east end of the parking lot, and a secure base was installed so it cannot be easily removed. The sculpture arrived by truck on Tuesday, August 18th, and everyone was excited to watch it being unpacked! Many library visitors have since commented on how special it is, and the Library feels honored to be displaying it on behalf of Kevin Watters.