Kansas City Public Library Community Bookshelf

Trompe L'oeil 8 August 2013 0 Comments

The Kansas City Public Library decided to do something interesting with their parking garage.  In 2004, they transformed an otherwise unattractive parking structure into an artistic landmark in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.  Now known as the Community Bookshelf, this mural resembles 22 giant books arranged as if they were lined up on a bookshelf.  The book spines are made entirely of signboard mylar and measure approximately 25 feet by 9 feet.  The titles featured on the bookshelf represent a wide variety of reading interests as suggested by Kansas City readers and then selected by The Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees.  Some represented book titles include Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.

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