word play – a little free library in new york by chat travieso
all images courtesy chat trevieso
the architectural league of new york has partnered with pen world voices festival and community partner two bridges neighborhood council to bring the little free library to the lower east side. open and accessible to the public, the project entitled ‘word play’ by artist and architectural designer chat travieso plays with the idea of stacking and perspective. the concept uses layered plywood to allude to the vertical patterns produced by books on a bookshelf, creating multiple visual effects based on the angle one views the library. located in a diverse community made up of english, spanish, and chinese speakers, this visual effect allows the book shelter to convey the word ‘library’ (printed on the surface of the piece) in these three languages all at once. in addition, the communal intervention provides two linear feet of bookshelf space; including seating that faces the east river waterfront providing a space where people can stay to read, share with their neighbors, and enjoy the view.
right side, ‘library’ in chinese
left side, ‘library’ in spanish
choosing a book
students from the two bridges after school program who helped with the project