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The words of poets will shine on Northwestern University’s Deering Library

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Italian artist Marco Rotelli's light installation will illuminate the façade of Northwestern University’s Deering Library from 5 to 9 p.m. during the third week in January. Acting as the ultimate book highlighter, the installation promises to brighten up five of the darkest evenings from Monday, January 13, through Friday, January 17, 2014.

For his creation, Rotelli took inspiration from the Dylan Thomas poem “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” and its refrain “Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light.” The light installation will also feature lines from Shakespeare, Dante, and Dickinson projected onto Deering’s façade, which will be visible to those on the Evanston campus as well as commuters traveling along Sheridan Road.

“Last year it was so beautiful, but it was over in the blink of an eye,” cites Jeffrey Garrett, associate University librarian for special libraries at Northwestern. “This year, by repeating ‘Rage Against the Dying of the Light’ on five successive nights, no one will miss the opportunity to enjoy Marco’s work.”

A special program related to the illumination will take place inside the library from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on January 13 and January 16 when members of the acting faculty and students from Northwestern’s department of theater will perform passages from plays and poems chosen for the winter season. After the performance, hot chocolate and popcorn will be served in the vaulted (and heated) Gothic halls of Deering Library.

The sponsors of this year’s illumination are Northwestern University Library, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Chicago, Northwestern’s Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, the Block Museum and the department of French and Italian at Northwestern.


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