Unique architectural constructions around the world (P.71) - Enter the world of giants with the stunning design of the Kansas City Library (USA)

30-11-2020

(WorldKings.org) The most striking and unusual sight in Kansas City, Missouri is the giant bookshelf that covers the front of the public library's garage.

The most striking and unusual sight in downtown Kansas City, Missouri is the giant bookshelf façade that covers the front of the public library's parking garage. Apparently, this is the World's Biggest Bookshelf. It is made up of 22 different book titles, ranging from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 to Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching. As you walk by the giant titles, you can't help but wonder how this was conceived and who decided to go for it. Shrubs and trees obscure many of the titles, so the best time to view the giant bookshelf is in the winter months.

The garage was built around 2004 to accommodate the growing number of vehicles in the downtown area. The Kansas City community was asked to provide ways to beautify the front of the garage and the idea of a giant bookshelf was born. The general public submitted their favorite book titles, then the final selections were made by The Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees.

Each of the books is 25 feet tall and 9 feet wide and is made of signboard mylar. The bookshelf runs along the south wall of the library's parking garage. There are also some other cool art tapestries on both sides of the garage which are hanging down from the very top.

From a distance, the book spines appear to be one solid form, but as you move closer to them, you begin to see that they are made up of many pieces that are held together with bolts. The weather has definitely made its mark on the book spines as you can see the outlines of the many pieces and parts of the mylar that are frayed at the edges.

If you happen to be in Kansas City any time soon, make sure you visit the giant bookshelf downtown. It's definitely worth a visit. If nothing else, the spines make the perfect backdrop for the ubiquitous and dreaded selfie.

According to interestingengineering.com


Mihan (Collect and edit) (World Records Union - WorldKings)

 

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