I’m participating in Fun-a-Day, a daily art challenge through the month of January, committed to do a daily post here detailing some Big Art Idea or project that looms somewhere out in my future.
I don’t know if you know this about me, but I’m a complete sucker for outdoor rooms. I remember when I went to Burning Man in 2004 and saw that someone has set up a complete living room out on the playa, a couple couches an end table, a table lamp, maybe a TV or something. I was completely charmed all out of proportion to the simplicity of the installation: a few pieces of furniture outdoors.
I still love it when I discover open garden rooms, what are those called? You know, like a room with maybe three walls and a roof, open to the rest of the garden? A cabana? A gazebo? Stuff like this room created by Tara Dillard and Susanne Hudson:
You can see more of this beautiful garden installation here.
And of course, I love books and reading. For me my fantasies of outdoor rooms involve sitting in relative luxuriant splendor reading. Because, seriously, what else could be better than reading in a comfy chair… outside?
When I came across the Take A Book / Leave a Book library at the visitor-maintained hot springs in the middle of the secluded Saline Valley in Death Valley National Park, I was completely taken with the idea.
Books! A library! Outside! An amazing idea. (Of course, books outside in a place that almost never rains is less problematic than some places. But still.)
So naturally when we were talking of things we wanted to magically discover while out on a Walk-About, I thought of a Library in the Forest.
Simple, easy to construct, self-maintaining. A magical thing that you’d only know about if you’d accidentally stumbled upon it, or if you’d been told by friends who’d stumbled upon it.
Naturally, keeping the books from becoming a native mildew habitat is a technical challenge, but whatever.