Courtesy: Tony Oursler
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Seattle, Washington

Tony Oursler

Seattle Public Central Library: Escalator connecting levels 3 and 5, 1000 4th Avenue, Seattle, Washington, 98104
Owner:  Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Date:  2004
Placement:  libraries (buildings)
Artwork Type:  installations (visual works), video art, projections (visual works)
Material:  video (art discipline), electronic image components, sound device components, glass (material), wood and wood products
Description:  Three video sculptures comprise Tony Oursler’s Braincast, which occupies space within the walls of the escalator run between levels three and five in Seattle’s Central Library. Revealed through a puncture in the sheetrock, three oval white forms amid the wiring, studs and pipes act as 3-D screens for a projected tableaux of faces and features. The installation is a contemplation on thethe transmission of information. The artwork is designed to reflect the tradition of the public library and its expanding role as the transmitter of myriad information forms: spoken, printed, recorded, and digital.

The Central Library, part of the 1998 Libraries for All bond measure, opened in 2004. Eight artworks were created for the new library. The bond money funded new and improved branches, in addition to the new Central Library /br>
Funding Source: Libraries for All Bond 1% for Art.

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