Los Angeles Public Library

I missed out the Public Library from my posts yesterday.   Indeed, I might have missed it altogether had I not spotted a massive monograph on it in the Getty’s bookstore, so realised that it was worth paying attention to.   As a building, it’s hard to appreciate:  a piece of 1920s grand monumentalism with echoes of  Giles Gilbert Scott’s Cambridge University Library in its attempt to marry skyscraper modernity with historical tradition (the influence, if there was any, would have been the other way round).   But the sculpture, by Lee Lawrie working with a philosopher on the symbolism, is impressive:-


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