Peter Reiquam, 2006

Light Reading

Light is key to this project—aesthetically and conceptually. Internally lit bookcases illuminate the room, representing the knowledge gained through reading. The radiant books provide a unique light source, making this installation accessible after dark. The vertical bookcase, as seen from a short distance away, reflects in scale the warmth and luster of the Academic Center’s four-story glass entry. The stone’s polished surface recalls the surrounding landscape.

A Seattle artist whose work ranges from prints and drawings to sculptural furniture, mechanical sculptures, and public art projects, Reiquam served six years as a commissioner on the King County Public Art Commission and has taught sculpture at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Cornish College of the Arts, and the University of Washington.

The creation and installation of Light Reading was assisted by Cold Springs Granite Company (Minnesota), Tresko Monument and Washington Stone (Spokane), Totally Blown Glass (Seattle), Davinci’s Workshop (Burien, Washington), Bob Teeple (Seattle), and Garmon Concrete Construction (Spokane).