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Artwork copyright Ries Niemi. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Artwork%20copyright%20Ries%20Niemi.%20Photo%20courtesy%20of%20the%20artist.

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BirdBooks, part 1, 2010

Ries Niemi
(American, born 1955)

Location: Coupeville Middle/High School, Coupeville

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

BirdBooks, part 1 by Ries Niemi is part of a six-part artwork that portrays books as animated, curious birds. The sculptures remind young readers that books can come alive in our imaginations, making ideas take flight. The BirdBooks are scattered around the school, in unexpected places and often up high, so you do not see them all at once – discovering them is part of the artwork. Each BirdBook is unique and different from the others. The circular bench is one of two benches that are also part of the artwork.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Coupeville School District.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Artist and craftsman Ries Niemi creates sculptures and public installations using industrial fabrication techniques and industrial materials such as metal, wood, and plastics. He lives and works in the small town of Bow, Northwest Washington.

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Sculpture - other metals

Medium

Stainless steel

Dimensions

dimensions variable

ID Number

WSAC2009.011.001

Acquisition Method

Site responsive commission

Artist Location

Washington, United States

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

Coupeville School District

Artwork Location

Coupeville Middle/High School
NE of main building

WA County

Island

Setting

Exterior

Site Type

Public School

Address

501 South Main St.
Coupeville, WA 98239

Geo. Coordinates

48.207054 | -122.684922

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