Project Description

The Waunakee Area Public Arts Committee’s goal is to expand creative initiatives in Waunakee and fund public artwork around the community. They were looking for a public art piece to celebrate Waunakee’s excellence in education and create a lasting legacy for students, alumni, teachers, faculty, staff, parents and all those involved in the community.

After a national wide search and evaluation, the Committee selected Michael Kalish to create an interactive and functional sculpture that embodied the values and spirit of the Village of Waunakee. It was important to incorporate lighting and functional design for an engaging and interactive installation
the town can enjoy day and night.

Comprised of cement, powder coated aluminum and LED lighting, Illuminating a Path references education, the very foundation of a child’s bright future. Each stack of books has custom laser cut icons that encompass characteristics unique to the community as well as symbolic book titles related to the mission and values of the town as a whole. At night, the community is reminded of their past and present and look forward to a bright future as the book titles light the way forward.