Art historian Fred F. Poyner IV will discuss his book "Seattle Public Sculptors: Twelve Makers of Monuments, Memorials and Statuary, 1909-1962," a chronicle of early Seattle sculptors who helped shape our region, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 29 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room 2, 206-386-4636 .

Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $7.

From Seattle's earliest days as a Gold Rush boomtown to its celebration of the future during the 1962 World's Fair, local artists have created public art installations - statuary, reliefs and other sculpture - that became familiar features of the city's landscape. This comprehensive study of 12 Seattle sculptors and their works examines the motivations of the artists and their benefactors, the development of the city's public art policy and the political forces behind the pieces that are now part of the city's rich history.

Biographical details and historical perspective are provided for such artists as Lorado Taft, Alice Robertson Carr, John Carl Ely, Max P. Nielsen, August Werner and James FitzGerald.

Poyner is collections manager of the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard. He oversees the curation and management of the permanent collection, an integral part of a new museum scheduled to open in 2018. He lives in Issaquah, Washington.