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LEW Floor

Seattle, Washington

Ann Hamilton

Seattle Public Central Library: Fourth Avenue Level, 1000 4th Avenue, Seattle, Washington, 98104
Owner:  Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Date:  2004
Placement:  libraries (buildings)
Artwork Type:  installations (visual works)
Material:  wood (plant material)
Description:  Ann Hamilton's LEW Floor is an integrated artwork consisting of 7,200 square feet of hardwood flooring in the Seattle Central Library’s Evelyn W. Foster Learning Center, which houses the Literacy/ESL/World Languages (LEW) Collection. Each section of hardwood floor represents a typesetter's block and spells out in raised backward letters first sentences from books representing 11 languages in the library's collection The project seeks to evoke a tactile experience of book production and reading in this digital age.

The Central Library, part of the 1998 Libraries for All bond measure, opened in 2004. Eight artworks were created for the new library.

Funding Source: Libraries for All Bond 1% for Art.
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