New career opportunity
Pretty sweet gig for 49k!
The Seattle Public Library hired Faulk - who calls herself a professional "wayfinder" - this year to help visitors navigate its downtown building, which was designed by Rem Koolhaas and opened in 2004. The glass-and-metal-mesh structure with the offset levels and spiraling rows of books won rave reviews from architecture critics, but tourists and book-borrowers kept getting lost.
This summer, Faulk - who's being paid $49,000 - placed several signs at the library. Some are in the main lobby, with arrows pointing to escalators and to the restrooms, back and to the right.
But there are still areas in the library that can seem like a labyrinth, and the system is planning to put in more of Faulk's signs next year. At the top of the escalator to the fifth floor, for instance, there's no sign for the escalator to the sixth floor. Faulk thinks one is called for.