Mural Mural on the Wall
March 17, 2009 9:08 AM   Subscribe

Making use of the space left between short shelves and high ceilings, Pentagram worked with some artists to make some fantastic murals in New York City elementary school libraries.
posted by mikepop (12 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

That's very nice.
posted by anniecat at 9:11 AM on March 17, 2009

The murals make the spaces much more inviting and less intimidating. Those are great.
posted by onhazier at 9:17 AM on March 17, 2009

fabulous! thanks for the post.
posted by CitizenD at 9:25 AM on March 17, 2009

Those are very nice. I'd really like to be able to read the captions in the Fort Greene one.
posted by dios at 9:37 AM on March 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

WOW. Those are incredible. Way to make a ho-hum space really pop. We have a lot of wall space in my library too--not as high of ceilings as those, but I'm wondering if I could get permission to commission something. I am quite inspired!
posted by gillyflower at 9:55 AM on March 17, 2009

These are super adorable, but then again just the idea of shortened library shelves so little kids can reach all the books is already pretty cute.
posted by tula at 9:57 AM on March 17, 2009

Oh, those are terrific. Here's a NYT article on murals, with a (so-so) slideshow.
posted by steef at 10:03 AM on March 17, 2009

^the murals, duhr.
posted by steef at 10:04 AM on March 17, 2009

Yay kids! Yay books!
posted by wemayfreeze at 10:44 AM on March 17, 2009

Oh, that is so cool!
posted by dejah420 at 6:52 PM on March 17, 2009

What I love about these designs and murals are how they acknowledge that developing a love of reading, books, and learning is not as simple as just putting texts in the hands of kids, but of creating an environment in which children can be inspired, excited, and comfortably themselves. Bravo.
posted by beingdaddy at 9:28 PM on March 17, 2009

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