May 20, 2022

California: Cool! A Free Library Built out of Books Coming to Bay Area Book Festival

From City Lab:

Some say physical books are dead. Others say heck no, and not only want to read them but build an inhabitable library with them, too.

That’s the dream of the folks at the new Bay Area Book Festival, who recently wound up with a donation of 50,000 tomes from the Internet Archive. Rather than hand them out like lame-o’s, they teamed up with art collective FLUX Foundation—which has made looming architecture for Burning Man and Coachella—and designed the ultimate book-on-book temple.

They call it “Lacuna,” and it will sit for three days at Berkeley’s MLK Civic Center Park like a surreal teepee whose wooden skeleton is packed with novels and nonfiction. A dozen alcoves will offer the opportunity for secluded reading, and if people like what they have in hand, they’re welcome to take it home for free. (All this is dependent on the project’s Kickstarter funding, of course.)

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