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"Carrying the Message"

Frank McNab, 2009, acrylics on canvas. 52 x 62cm. Framed.

Knightswood Library is an unprepossessing example of garage forecourt architecture. On the outside. Inside it a gateway to all the artistic excellence and learning in the world. One child from a high-rise block borrowing a book on Picasso makes Knightswood Library as valid as the Bodlean.

Here the spirit of the autodidact flies across the bookshelves as he carries the book to the child slowly approaching with its mother. The bird accompanying him is the hoopoe, also known as Solomon's messenger (it carried his words to the Queen of Sheba). This all symbolises the advent of new technology and the library's established ability to transport the reader to other worlds.