Project Description

Tiny Libraries on State
Series: Public art
Medium: Powdercoated steel
Dimensions: approx 6 feet tall
Date: 2019
Commission: Santa Barbara Arts Commission
Location: State Street, Santa Barbara, CA

An installation of six thematic brightly colored and playful sculptured bookcases for Santa Barbara’s “Tiny Libraries” program.

This unique project designed to mix public art and public libraries was coordinated by the Santa Barbara County office of Arts and Culture.

The six “Tiny Library” sculptures were installed as a temporary exhibit in downtown Santa Barbara on State Street from Victoria, to Canon Perdido Streets, in the fall of 2019.

The initial run was a huge success, with over 30,000 books given out for free within the first few weeks.

The Tiny Libraries were also used as a catalyst for a series of events held at the sculptures for the community, with special events during “First Thursdays” as well as “Pop-Up” events, such as “story time” for children and families, “readings” by local authors, live poetry readings as well as library staff offering “personalized book recommendations” during “First Thursdays”.

After the run on State Street, the Tiny Libraries went on tour to other libraries throughout Santa Barbara County.

Resources:

Santa Barbara Department of Arts & Culture [click here]

Santa Barbara City TV feature: [click here]

KCLU Public Radio coverage: [click here]

KCBX Public Radio “Issues & Ideas” segment