Open-Air Library and Farmer's Market Plaza for the South of South
Street Neighborhood commissioned by the Fairmount Park Art Association
New LandMarks Program, Philadelphia, PA.
Precedents for this kind of
book display can be found in the open air book markets of Paris
and New York. The intention of the project is to open a cultural
institution to the public and to provide the neighborhood
with a public meeting place by builing the open air unfolding library in one of the many vacant lots of the neighborhood.
project was developed in collaboration with the South of South
Street Neighborhood Association, and with the Fairmount Park Art
Asociation. In the process of developing this project, the artist collaborated with
the Drexel University School of Information Science; the faculty
there incorporated it into their graduate curriculum so that
the library would be run by the graduate students on a continuing
basis, working with the South of South Street community
to develop the collection, staffing, and procedures. In addition,
A neighborhood advisory board for the library was established.
art coordinator: Charles Moleski
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