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Release Date: 04/09/2004

Tsutakawa Fountain reinstallation begins at new Central Library on Monday, April 12, 2004

The Tsutakawa fountain, which has been in storage during the construction of the new Central Library, will be reinstalled at the entrance to the building at 1000 Fourth Ave. beginning about 9:45 a.m. Monday, April 12.

The fountain should arrive by truck about 9:45 a.m. A crane will lift the fountain and set it into place. Then the crane will remove the fountain so workers can weld a flange and set its anchor bolts. The 9-ft., 6-inch sculpture weighs an estimated 800 to 1,000 pounds. The reinstallation may not be complete until Tuesday, April 13.

Known as "The Fountain of Wisdom," the abstract bronze sculpture is the first fountain by Seattle artist George Tsutakawa, who won international recognition for his graceful sculpture fountains. Tsutakawa died in December 1997 at age 87. The artist's son, Gerard Tsutakawa, also a sculptor, will supervise the reinstallation.

The new 362,987-square-foot Central Library opens 11 a.m. Sunday, May 23. The building was designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in a joint venture with Seattle-based LMN Architects. Hoffman Construction Co. was the general contractor.

Voters approved the new Central Library in 1998 as part of the $196.4 million "Libraries for All" bond measure. The bond money, which can be used only for construction of libraries, is funding a new central library and new and improved branches. The budget for the Central Library is $165.5 million, which includes $10 million for the Temporary Central Library. For more information, visit the Library's Web site at

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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