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See “Filament Mind”  The Library’s Public Art Installation in Progress

A Project In-Progress!
“Filament Mind” is currently being installed and programmed by artist Brian Brush and his team and will be completed at the end of January, with an “unveiling” at our Grand Opening on Thursday, January 31, 11:30am-2:30pm. Suspended threads of gossamer fiber optic cables span the length of the new lobby, and each thread connects on the wall next to the label of a unique library subject category. The cables will interface with the library’s own “mind,” the Wyoming State Library catalog. Each time a library user throughout Wyoming searches a person, place, idea or book, an bundle of fiber optic threads fire a glowing light or color related to the library subject category returned from that search. In this way, Filament Mind resembles a luminous “connectome,” or map, of synaptic brain activity, firing away the thoughts of people extended through the mind of the library.

Selection Process
The members of the Library Board-appointed Public Art Selection Panel were Tayloe Piggott, local artist and gallery owner; Christian Earl, GE Johnson Construction Manager for the library addition and renovation project; Dail Barbour, Library Facility Manager; Dimmie Zeigler, local artist, former Public Art Taskforce member and Library Education & Programs Manager; Lisa Delaney, Library Board President; Pauline Towers-Dykeman, Library Foundation Associate Director; and Peggy Gilday, Architect for the library addition and renovation project.

The library utilized the Western States Arts Federation’s (WESTAF) website to host the Call to Artists, and the Library Selection Panel used the WESTAF system’s scoring and jury administration guidelines. The standardized reporting generated from the WESTAF site is designed to make the process fair, accurate and transparent to all artists. Using the WESTAF guidelines, the pool of 448 applications was culled to 32, next to ten, then to three finalists, and lastly to the selected artist team.

The Library Selection Panel unanimously recommended, and the Library Board unanimously approved Brush and Lee’s proposal for “Filament Mind.”

Funded Entirely by Private Donations
The Library public art project was funded entirely through private donations to the Teton County Library Foundation from The Sage Foundation and the Teton County Library Friends.

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