The Knowledge

A Project for Portland State University 
Portland, OR
Funded in part by the Regional Arts and Cultural Council

This was a percent for art public art project located on a large blank wall at the corner of SW 5th and Hall on the Portland State University campus. I worked with Avalon Kalin on the project and we contacted as many people on the PSU campus–students, faculty, staff, and asked them to recommend a book that they used in their teaching or studies that was available in the PSU library. We then pulled those books off the selves, stacked them up and had them photographed by Motoya Nakamura. The photo was then enlarged by a billboard company and attached to the wall. A plaque is included with all of the names of the people who participated in the project.

The Knowledge was selected as one of Americans for the Arts 2010 Outstanding Public Artworks.