Dialogue: Bothell Codex, 2002

Norie Sato
(American, born 1949)

Location: University of Washington - Bothell and Cascadia College, Bothell


Dialogue: Bothell Codex is part of artist Norie Sato's three-part installation at the campus that is shared by the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College. The artwork uses books and punctuation as symbols to represent the dialogue and partnership between the two educational institutions. This part of the artwork is a mini-plaza that has the shape of an open book and is placed within a larger flagstone plaza and pathways. It is outside the campus's library building. Some of the stones reference binary numbers and genetic codes which have been sandblasted onto their surfaces. Sato planned this artwork as a pairing with her cast bronze book sculptures and parenthesis-shaped dogwood trees and stone wall installation at the same site.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with University of Washington - Bothell and Cascadia Community College.


Seattle-based artist Norie Sato has worked in printmaking, video, sculpture, and glass. Her long career includes many site-specific installations that interact with their environment. Many of her public art projects involve urban planning and design, and collaboration with architects.

Sato moved to Seattle in 1972 to study and earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from the University of Washington. She was honored with a Washington State Governor's Arts and Heritage Award in 2014. She received the 2013 Twining Humber Award for lifetime artistic achievement and the 1997 George Tsutakawa Award for Advancement of Public Art, among many other awards.

Material CategorySculpture - stone / ceramics / terracotta
MediumQuartzite, stainless steel, and silicon bronze
Dimensions2,500 square feet (approximately)
ID NumberWSAC1999.084.001
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyUniversity of Washington
Artwork LocationUniversity of Washington - Bothell and Cascadia College
UWB/CC Shared Library (LB1 building), Exterior plaza
WA CountyKing
Site TypeUniversity
Address18345 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011
Geo. Coordinates47.760009, -122.191138
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