This is a picture of the gorgeous Vancouver Public Library. I wandered through it when on holiday in Vancouver a few years ago (what can I say, I don't know a single librarian who does not tour other libraries on holiday). The building itself is beautiful, and I was so envious of a public library with so much public space - and the fact that there are subject specialists working on each floor - it's like a university library, almost. I'd LOVE to work there, although living half a continent away sort of makes that difficult. But, it's interesting that there are many different ways people see such a building. Here's one:
Julia Taffe just can't stop hanging around the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library. There's something about Moshe Safdie's colonnades and curving architectural walls that makes her want to create aerial dance. As a dancer and choreographer for her company Aeriosa Dance, Taffe has created four other dances for the inside and outside walls of one of the city's most distinctive buildings.
Taffe likes that the building has become a community gathering place."The building has personally inspired me to create dance in Vancouver," Taffe said. "Without it, my art form would not have developed in the same way."