Los Angeles Downtown Central Library

Los Angeles, CA


I was lucky enough to be commissioned by the City of Los Angeles, to work on the remodel of the beautiful, historic, 1926 Library, which was originally designed by Bertram Goodhue. My work links the new addition, designed by architects Hardy, Holzman, and Pfeiffer, with the original Goodhue building.

Working with the head foreign language librarian, along with several other librarians, I selected over a dozen quotations about books, knowledge, and reading, in languages that each were spoken by over a quarter million people in the Los Angeles area.

These quotes were then cut into over 100 feet of fence and five pairs of gates that connected the old building with the new one, both literally and literally. Design motifs from both architects were incorporated into my 9' tall steel fence.

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