Constellation

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Echoing the inscriptions of authors' names on the outer walls of the former building, 160 names of writers are illuminated on a wall that rises five stories behind the grand staircase.

The artist's work is inspired by a Beaux Arts tradition with origins in the Bibliothèque Saint-Genevieve in Paris (a model for the old Main Library). On that building, authors' names were inscribed on the facade according to the location of their works inside.

Nayland Blake revisits this idea of an index of authors with glass shades placed before fiber optic light beams. Each shade is inscribed with the name of an author whose work is part of the library collection. The wall is designed to hold 200 more names as patrons endow additional shades and lights.

To select the first 160 names, the artist formed a guidance committee of local scholars and community members to develop a list of recommendations. Blake then held a series of public meetings in the branch libraries to solicit community response, as well as suggestions.

- See more at: http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=2000023301#sthash.BIhKyFz7.dpuf

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San Francisco Public Library
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100 Larkin St San Francisco, CA 94102

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