Literate Fence

Grillwork Fence at the Los Angeles Public Library

Ries Niemi, 1993

This work includes representations of various human intellectual endeavors, and connects the old and the new buildings of the Los Angeles Public Library on the 5th St. side.

According to Art in Central Library handout, the "Multilingual inscriptions are rendered in the ornamental metal of the fence and gates. The text of these inscriptions represents major cultures and reflects the fundamental purpose of a library: to promote reading and transmit knowledge." Below are some examples.


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04/2010