The original rendering for the book mosaic mural The book chosen were particular sizes and colors Sometimes the book we wanted was a little hard to reach Once the books were scanned, they were carefully numbered If you look closely, there are some interesting books in the mural; quite a few of them are about cats! The final installation opened to the public July 9th, 2016

As part of our work at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square, our graphics team designed a mosaic featuring an interpretation of the City of Boston created entirely out of hardcover books. After developing a template to determine sizes, colors, and quantities, we sourced over 1000 books, which were purchased from a local used bookshop, or donated for the project.

Each book was scanned and placed into an Illustrator file to create a template. This allowed us to see the entire mural, refine details, and move books around easily, while protecting the books for the installation. The full-sized mural was then laid out for a final check. Each book was numbered to indicate its location on the template, before everything was sent to the fabricator to be sealed, sprayed, and securely attached to backer panels for installation.

The mosaic is another innovative and engaging piece of art for the Boston Public Library, which celebrated the grand reopening of the Central Library on July 9th.

Topics: Design, art, Graphics