Best Trip Down Print Media Memory Lane New York 2013 - The Library Walk
Although completed in 1998, artist Gregg LeFevre's series of 96 bronze sidewalk plaques seems a visitation from a more distant and charming past. The Library Walk was cemented into place during the dark infancy of the Information Superhighway, when we still read bound books and publications that would dirty your hands (and perhaps your mind) called newspapers. LeFevre used diverse fonts, witty layouts, and playful illustrations to complement quotes from Beckett, Woolf, Camus, Marianne Moore, Langston Hughes, and scores of others. The reliefs have been brightly burnished by countless feet (and are occasionally smudged by gum wads). One plaque bears Thomas Jefferson's proclamation "Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe," but in a sign of our times, most of the newspaper mastheads LeFevre cast to accompany this declaration are long gone.