The Centennial Statue at the Coshocton Public Library is the creation of sculptor Alan Cottrill of Zanesville, OH. The sculpture features a young boy holding an open book and sitting atop a stack of 100 books. Each book represents one year, and each ten represents a decade of the Library's service to the community. The books are engraved with a title of lasting significance from the decade they represent. The final book, the one held by the boy, is untitled to allow the observer to imagine his or her favorite book at the top. Many of the titles on the Centennial Statue were chosen by contributors in honor or memory of loved ones. A plate mounted on the library near the statue bears the names and dedications of donors. For a complete list of books, please see the list of Centennial Statue book titles.
About the Sculptor:
Alan Cottrill is a native of Zanesville, OH, and began sculpting in the early 1990s, creating pieces ranging from small table-top figures to larger than life statues and monuments, including the Muskingum County WWII/Korean War Memorial. His collection is the largest exhibit of sculptured bronze in the world by a living artist. He has studied in New York City at the renowned Art Students League and the National Academy of Design.