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Central Library, Seattle

Fact Sheet


Central Library, The Seattle Public Library


Mandy Greer

Ann Hamilton

Gary Hill

Franklin Joyce

George Legrady

Helen Lessick

Tony Oursler

Larry Stein

Stokley Towles

Edie Whitsett

Jim Woodring

Lynne Yamamoto


The Seattle Public Library and the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs (former Seattle Arts Commission)






1000 Fourth Ave , Seattle , Washington State, USA


Permanent site-integrated artworks for new 362,987 square foot library building. Temporary artworks for other related sites during construction of new library.

Total Budget for Public Art

$ 1,500,000

Funding Sources

City of Seattle 'Libraries for All' bond measure

Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs

The Seattle Public Library Foundation

Summary Brief

Selected artists were invited to develop proposals for works that would draw upon the library, its mission and programmes, systems and collections, as their subject matter.

Project Managers

Barbara Goldstein, Public Art Programme Director, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs

Lisa Richmond, Public Art Project Manager, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs

Other Professionals

Jessica Cusick, Principal, Cusick Consulting

Rick Lowe, independent artist/activist

Contacts for further information

Much illustrated information about Seattle Central Library and its public art commissions is available via the web sites of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Public Library:

For specific enquiries contact:

Lisa Richmond, Public Art Project Manager, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, City of Seattle, 700 Fifth Ave, Suite 1766,PO Box 94748, Seattle,

WA 98124-4748

Tel: +1 206 386 4173

Email: [email protected]

(Please note that Barbara Goldstein left Seattle in late 2004 to direct the public art programme for the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs in California).