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Filament Mind Recognized as Public Art Network Project of the Year

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Filament Mind, the interactive digital art installation in the Teton County Library lobby, has been recognized as one of the most visionary public art projects of last year. The Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (PAN) – the only professional network in the U.S. dedicated to public art – announced its 2013 Projects of the Year, which include Filament Mind.
PAN Project of the Year is Filament Mind’s greatest accolade to date. To be eligible for the PAN award, projects must be nominated by reputable public art professionals. As a PAN Project of the Year, Filament Mind will be included in PAN’s widely distributed Year in Review.

Filament Mind, an installation by New York-based Brian Brush and Yong Ju Lee, resulted from collaboration between the Teton County Library Foundation and Jackson Hole Public Art Director Carrie Geraci. Responding to the international call to artists issued by Geraci, Brush and Lee set out to make an interactive sculptural expression of the cognitive curiosity that libraries spark.

How it works: imageWhenever a library patron anywhere in Wyoming performs a computer search using the library catalog, Filament Mind illuminates that search in a flash of color and light through glowing bundles of fiber optic cables. Each of the 1,000 fiber optic cables cascading from the mainframe column corresponds to a call number in the Dewey Decimal System, which organizes the library’s collection into categories of knowledge.

Since its unveiling, Filament Mind has drawn critical praise. published a piece on the installation, which ignited a string of reposts on art-tech websites and blogs like Laughing Squid and nearly 200 tweets on Twitter. Architizer, a website that connects architects to a network of peers, fans, and potential clients, nominated Filament Mind for its first ever A+ Awards in the Plus Category: Architecture + Communication. The Teton County Library installation was nominated along with four other international sites, including the Dow Jones newsroom.

For its collaborators, Filament Mind testifies to the potential of well-conceived, well-funded, well-integrated and well-executed public art. Filament Mind merges vision and execution. The Library Board had the vision to request Library Foundation funding to celebrate the library’s renovation and expansion by commissioning a piece of public art, and Carrie Geraci skillfully managed and executed the project.

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