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So There’s Going to Be a ‘Floating Library’ on Echo Park Lake Starting This Thursday

February 8, 2016 by Brian Champlin

They say reading is fundamental.

Just remember not to drop the books in the water!

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Starting this Thursday that warning will be especially prescient if you come to experience the ‘floating library’ installation that’s set to hit Echo Park Lake from February 11-14 in conjunction with the LA Art Book Fair.

So what’s a floating library? Well, pretty much exactly what it sounds like.

Visitors who choose to rent a pedal boat (usually $10 per hour) can cruise out to the library on the lake (basically a custom raft) and peruse a fine selection of special curated artist books.

Operating hours for the library are 11:00am to around 4:00pm daily, starting this Thursday, February 11 and running through Sunday, Feburary 14.

Echo Park Lake and Downtown Los Angeles

Echo Park Lake. Credit: collectmoments via flickr cc

The Floating Library is the brainchild of artist/writer Sarah Peters, who started it to highlight the potential impact of urban lakes as both civic and creative spaces.

The raft containing the books was specially designed by architect Molly Reichert and built by Bob Dornberger, and is presented by the Machine Project, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information on the project, visit thefloatinglibrary.org.

Enjoy!

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