Lost and Found in the Stacks

October 4, 2005 - November 27, 2005
Central Library, 2nd floor Balcony Cases
Lost and Found in the Stacks

by Micki Watanabe

Imagine if museums resembled libraries and the public could checkout original artifacts. This thought is the spark behind my project, which I designed to help break down barriers like those between rare book rooms and the regular stacks. I have created a set of books that open to reveal intricate wooden architectural miniatures, each to be paired with a specific library book. Library users browsing through the Arts & Music section will serendipitously find my books on the shelves or be directed to them by the Library's online catalogue. They will then have the option to checkout the books for a standard loan period.

I love the mental space and the unique sense of time and place contained in books, like the dreamlike atmosphere Lewis Carroll created in Alice in Wonderland or when Bastian physically gets misplaced between the pages of Michael Ende's The Neverending Story. All in all, "Lost and Found in the Stacks" will make tangible the imaginary spaces created within books. I love the idea that books are portals for private thought.

- Micki Watanabe

BPL Exhibition, Micki WatanabeMicki Watanabe is a sculptor whose work examines the curiosities of space. She has been in group and solo shows both nationally and internationally. Most recently she exhibited a one-person show at the Evergreen House in Baltimore Maryland and was included in a group show at Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Center in Manhattan. She teaches 3-D design as a faculty member at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute.

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