Exploring the Eclectic Architecture of the LA Central Library
LA's Central library is a mosaic of sunlight, fountains, books, tunnels, and symbolism that will delight anyone who can embrace a little big-city grittiness. Everyone goes to this temple of books—students, homeless people, lunching ladies, suits, artists, tourists, families—everyone. It is the humanity, combined with the mysterious and often incongruent art and architecture, as well as the maze-like structure itself, that make an afternoon’s visit feel like an adventure. The highlight of the journey is ascending to the rotunda to discover the building’s crown jewel—the celestial-themed, bronze and glass globe chandelier. Return another day to join an official tour and take full advantage of the myriad of materials, resources, and programs the library offers. But for at least your first visit, bring nothing but your curiosity and imagination. You may find yourself transported to an unnamed, ancient land, a scene out of a Raymond Chandler novel, or the surreal interior landscape of an M.C. Escher lithograph.
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