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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Murals unveiled in the Public School Libraries

Nine years ago The Robin Hood Foundation brought together creatives and private companies to build new school libraries in the elementary schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Pentagram was selected to contribute their expertise in creating a cohesive wayfinding system and masterbrand that would tie all the sites together. Along with Pentagram a myriad of Architects were chosen to design the schools and private companies offered to donate the books and needed funds.

Along the way, we discovered something interesting. The libraries are usually located in older buildings with high ceilings, but the shelves in the libraries can’t be built higher than kids can reach. This means there is a space between the top shelf and the ceiling, an up-to-six-foot band around the room just begging for something special. That something turned out to be murals. And the results can now be seen in schools all over New York City, including five brand new ones in the Bronx which feature murals by Rafael Esquer, Maira Kalman, Christoph Niemann, Stefan Sagmeister and Yuko Shimizu, and Charles Wilkin.

Peak at Pentagram’s blog for more info on this innovative interdisciplinary project.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 1:09 pm  

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