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October 27, 2021
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Oggle Seattle’s library

Seattle’s Central Library gets over two million visitors a year – and not just for the books

Art in surprising places
Go for the novelty of the disorienting all-red meeting floor (that’s walls and ceiling as well as the floor), bright yellow luminous escalators and the Book Spiral which contains 48 kilometres of books. Designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, the polished steel building looks more like an art object than a staid and be-pillared library of yore. Indeed, the library is home to several installations by internationally recognized artists. One piece, by artist George Legrady, visually maps the circulation of the library, revealing the community’s collective reading interests. The hardwood floor in the library’s Learning Center was designed and fabricated by conceptual artist Ann Hamilton and includes words in raised letters in the 11 languages that are included in the library’s collection. Video installations abound, often where you least expect them. Free tours daily -- or just explore on your own.

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