An artisanal apple tree sculpture representing friendship, knowledge and craftsmanship has taken root at Central Library.
From left: Steve Hodskins, sculptor; Mrs. Anushkevychus; Ivano-Frankivsk Mayor Viktor Anushkevychus; Chrystia Sonevytsky, ASCA Ivano-Frankivsk Committee; Library Director Diane Kresh; blacksmith Curt Welch; and Central Library manager Margaret Brown.
Built in the blacksmith’s shop at Gulf Branch Nature Center, the metalwork was created by local smiths working with visiting craftsmen from Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, Arlington’s newest sister city.
The mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk, Viktor Anushkevychus, presented the work to Arlington Public Library Director Diane Kresh on Jan. 24 at Central Library during a tour of the County.
Ivano-Frankivsk is known for its talented blacksmiths and in May hosts an annual international festival featuring the hand-forged art.