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December 22, 2014


Northgate Branch : Art at the Branch

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Library closed Dec. 24 and 25

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day Thursday, Dec. 25.


Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog - Jan. 1

Between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1,  the Library will be upgrading its electrical power system. During the upgrade, you will be able to search the catalog, but won't be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) will not be available at all. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.

Art at the Northgate Branch, Community Center and Park

Three artists working for three city departments each have created unique artwork for different parts of the Northgate site.



For The Seattle Public Library, Dana Lynn Louis created "Circulation," a vertical installation of colored circles of glass fused onto glass panels. It is integrated into the book drop at the plaza entry to the branch. Conceptually, the piece refers to the collection, digestion and dissemination of knowledge that occurs daily at the library.

WavesFor Seattle Parks and Recreation, Nikki McClure created "The Eddy," a series of blue-gray metal waves inset with colored glass bubbles. "The Eddy," which is in the plaza, rises out of the back of a concrete wall that curves toward the entrance of the community center. It is back-lit so it is visible at night. "The Eddy" creates a place of rest on a site with many uses.

For the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Linda Wysong created a connection to nature with "Perch." The art elements include 12 glass blocks that depict Wysong's interpretation of a black-capped chickadee, three brightly colored steel birdhouse sculptures and two resting places made of hammered copper tree forms.


The blocks are embedded in the sidewalk along Fifth Avenue Northeast. The birdhouses and resting places are on the pedestrian path on the slope south of the community center along Northeast 105th Street.

  Glass block depicting a black-capped chickadee


Read about the artists and their inspiration

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