Current Events & Trends | February 2009 |
Pillars of Knowledge - Type on Trees Before Pulping
The new Crawley library opened in West Sussex relatively recently. It contains some striking architectural/artistic elements...notably remarkable textual trees.
'The striking, cracked trees, 14 in all, are situated throughout the library building and are installed vertically, flush to the floor and ceiling to resemble supporting, structural pillars. Each tree is, in fact, a real oak trunk and displays carved passages of text from literature within the library, the typeface of each passage chosen carefully to suit the nature of the text - which is where Why Not Associates comes in.
"We worked with the selected passages of text, choosing typefaces and designing the layout," says Why Not's Andy Altmann of the studio's role in the making of the Crawley Trees. "Because there were 14 trees to do, all of us in the studio got to do one."
The text to adorn the trees was chosen by the users of Crawley library, thanks to research done by Anna Sandberg. "She was another key collaborator and did all the workshops with the people [of Crawley] to point us in the right direction in terms of sourcing textual content," says Young. "She also put hundreds of questionnaire postcards in books all over the library and we got hundreds of replies naming favourite books and passages and thoughts about what was good literature"'
Thanks to boingboing for the headsup.