The Birth of a Free Library

10/25/2012 at 10:50 am 2 comments

Back in July, I received a blank Little Free Library to paint. What the hell’s a Little Free Library? This is. (Here’s another article, too.) I think I was approached by my pals at MARN to take a crack at customizing one, but it seems more likely that I bothered them until they gave me one. I mean, I love books. I also love libraries. And if there’s no chance of me painting a giant library anytime soon, I’ll settle for one that’s much, much smaller.

When it showed up to the workshop, it looked like this:

So I did the only reasonable thing I could think of— paint it orange:

Anyone who’s seen me do live art in the last three years can pretty much guess step #2: paint the non-orange parts the other standard dwellephant color— cream. (Not to be confused with this kind of cream.):

Just like a giant library, every Little Free Library has a roof. Which I also promptly painted orange:

To misquote Mick Jagger, “I see a white door / and I want to paint it orange:”

As someone who’s spent his entire life committed to drawing faces on things that don’t have faces, this should come as a surprise to absolutely no one:

The top of the roof:

That inside shelf showed up more red than orange. We nipped that problem in the bud:

Another complete surprise to absolutely no one— I drew arms all over the body of this thing:

More arms on the back:

Rear view, assembled:

3/4 view. And yes, Tyra, he’s smiling with his eyes:

Other 3/4 view. Eventually, a door will be attached to the front. It’ll have a 1.5″ frame, and a large plexi-glass window, so you can see all the great books inside:

And like every responsible artist, I signed it. But on the inside:

I’ll let all of you know when my Little Free Library is installed, and where. The fine folks installing it are also going to send me a photo or two of it in all it’s completed, planted glory.

Hope you come across it some day. Hope you find some other Little Free Libraries in your neighborhood, too.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dan Kirchen  |  10/25/2012 at 3:38 pm

    ‘Tis awesome! We’ll let you know when and where it gets placed.

  • 2. Holly  |  01/06/2013 at 12:05 pm

    Oh This is so Rad! I would love to paint a Little Free Library too. But live so far away. Well anyways…looks amazing!


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