Hessemer, a Lake Forest resident and Professor of Art at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, is an award-winning sculptor and ceramicist. The outdoor piece crafted for the Medica family was the first sculpture Hessemer designed for a public space.
A regular at the Library himself, Hessemer was delighted to be asked to create a piece as an outdoor memorial to Medica. Though he and the man he honored through his art did not know each other, a shared love of books has forever connected the two Lake Foresters. Hessemer explained that the untitled piece, though abstract, "does relate to the idea of two people … It's like two people existing in one space."
This ceramic sculpture, created by local artist Peter Hessemer, is a gift from family and friends in memory of Alfred Medica, a frequent visitor to the Library and avid reader of history. The 40-inch black abstract sculpture is located near the Library's front entrance. The work of art was installed in July 2007 and dedicated the following November.