The Newfield Eagle Has Landed
The Eagle is symbolic of leadership, authority, honesty and truthful principles. The above attributes are all qualities of libraries.
The Eagle pictured above is a replacement of the original eagle motif that graced the front of this building for almost 100 years. The original eagle was carved of wood, and after 100 years, was too brittle and weather-worn to be salvageable. The current eagle is an exact replica of the eagle of the original crest. The eagle was crafted by Emily Bedard, an American sculptor who works in the classical tradition. The eagle is made of ornamental plaster.
The eagle was painted brown with grain detailing to resemble wood and highlighted by gold accents to showcase its features. The eagle was painted by Bridgeport artist Luis Felipe Lopez. City Lights Gallery arranged for his services.
The Bridgeport Public Library maintenance manager and staff installed the eagle in September 2022, which was donated by Board member Tom Errichetti in memory of all the past staff and patrons of the Newfield Branch Library.