“Illumination” – Bronze Sculpture – By Gerard Tsutakawa
Location: At the intersection of Wishkah and I Streets (by the parking lot for the Aberdeen Timberland Library)
Concept statement by sculptor Gerard Tsutakawa
“Libraries promote reading, and books offer access to a limitless world of ideas and knowledge of human experience: every corner of the world, every aspect of human existence; arts, literature, philosophy, history, commerce. Exposure to new concepts illuminates our minds and spirits. What better symbol for a library than the universal symbol of illumination, the Sun.”
Kathryn N. Sherk’s (February 2000) bequest, administered by Grays Harbor Community Foundation, for capital improvements to the Aberdeen Timberland Library came at the time the Aberdeen Library Renovation Project was nearing completion and sparked a new vision for parking and access around the library. They purchased the property that joined the Library to Wishkah Street with the purpose of adding appeal to pedestrians and drivers.
The Library Board and staff joined with community members working with the City of Aberdeen to improve sidewalks and lighting in downtown. They added landscaping and structural elements, color panels to an adjoining wall and commissioned Illumination by Gerard Tsutakawa.
Today, this corner of Aberdeen stands transformed – a testimony to the many people who acted on their vision of something special for Aberdeen.