The Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives, and Museum (SLAM) opened its doors to the public on June 6. The spacious new building, located in downtown Juneau, features high ceilings and open spaces and is home to the state’s museum artifacts, library information services, and archives. The space also holds a large wood and metal workshop for onsite exhibit construction, an auditorium, a bookstore, a cafe, and a play area for kids that features a fabrication of the Discovery ship.
At the entrance of the lobby, you are greeted with a large map of Alaska, Canada, and Russia that is built into the floor. Further in, there is plenty more to discover, such as a life-like eagle tree, a restored 18 tonne mining locomotive, and a large sphere that displays images of worldwide weather in real time, earthquakes, and glacial movement. Throughout the building you will find traditional and contemporary art installations that tell stories of Alaska’s past and present. There are also administrative offices, a reading room for library patrons, and a vault holding most of the museum’s historical archives.
Eos Lightmedia was the exhibit lighting designer for this project. The lighting in the lobby and open spaces is bright and inviting, creating a sense of warmth and airiness, while the light in the display cases are dimmer to preserve light-senstivie artifacts.