7. Braincast, 2004

7. Braincast, 2004

Tony Oursler's "Braincast" is unexpectedly inside the sheetrock of an escalator shaft at the Central Library, giving a glimpse of four videos.

Where Is It?

Braincast is embedded in the wall of the escalator connecting the 5th Avenue lobby (on the third level) with the fifth level.

To get inside the artwork, take the elevator down a level from the fifth level to the fourth level (or walk down the set of red stairs just past the information desk off the escalator) and circle the floor until you see a round window in one of the red walls. This window is a porthole to look through Braincast at visitors on the escalators. (And for them to look back.)


Seattle Public Library – Central Library,
1000 4th Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98104, USA

About the Artwork

Visitors ascending or descending this escalator, will pass by a hole in the sheetrock that provides them with a glimpse into an unexpected cavity filled with four video sculptures. Amid the exposed "bones" of the building, the passerby can see a tableau of faces and individual features projected onto three-dimensional forms and semi-transparent Plexiglas. Softly spoken words of poetry seem to emanate from the disembodied forms, adding a mysterious aura to the work. Additionally, a porthole in the opposite wall reveals a view into the hallway beyond.

Braincast is meant to inspire contemplation upon the transmission of information, while reflecting upon the tradition of the public library and its expanding role as the transmitter of myriad information in spoken, printed, recorded and digital form.

Funding Source


Funded by Libraries for All 1% for Art funds.

Office of Arts & Culture | Seattle

Seattle was one of the first cities in the United States to adopt a percent-for-art ordinance in 1973. For 40 years, our public art program has been integrating artworks and the ideas of artists into a variety of public settings, advancing Seattle's reputation as a cultural center for innovation and creativity.

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