The Free Book Incident
5:30 – 8:30 pm
1/10 – 2/15/2013
Monday – Friday
11:30 am – 1:30pm
406 Occidental Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
Olson Kundig Architects has partnered with Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers, Inc. for its next [storefront] installation, The Free Book Incident. Inspired by a long-running book exchange, “The Book Thing” in Baltimore, MD, The Incident explores what can happen when books are made available for free.
Describing the idea behind The Free Book Incident, Wessel & Lieberman state, “It is not a book store (there is nothing for sale); it is not a library (there is nothing to return). The Incident is a place for exploration, engagement, ideas, activity, conversation—and ultimately, alchemy—all of it generated by the decommidification of books.”
The Free Book Incident celebrates the organic experiences that occur when one searches for a new book. With Olson Kundig Architects providing its [storefront] space and Wessel & Lieberman providing the inventory, this installation is designed for all to enjoy.
“Books are more than pages and binding; they are a catalyst for an experience. The reader finds a book on a shelf, takes that book into his hands and home, and its words into his head,” says intern architect and installation co-curator Adam Monkaba of Olson Kundig Architects. “For the space itself, we designed a kinetic book shelf that pivots, offering a variety of settings in which visitors can explore books. Our goal was to create an engaging environment that promotes access to books and allows visitors to interact with them in surprising ways.”
A series of events from readings and bookmaking classes to writing workshops and book clubs will take place during the months of January and February. In addition to special events, [storefront] will be open Monday through Friday, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm during which time visitors can browse for books.
The opening reception for The Free Book Incident is scheduled for January 10, 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Food, drink, and nearly 2,000 free books, will be provided.
[storefront] Olson Kundig Architects and Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers, Inc. will accept book donations during the installation on the ground floor of 159 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104, M–F 8 am – 5 pm.
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The Free Book Incident is designed and coordinated by principal architect, Kirsten Murray, and intern architects Adam Monkaba, Sarah Kia, Adam Garrett, Colin Ostman, Katherine Ranieri, and Ryan Tretow of Olson Kundig Architects and Mark Wessel, Michael Lieberman, and Elizabeth Scribner of Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers, Inc.