Outdoor Dining at the Library


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While some parts of the Country have the taste of Fall already, we, in the West Coast have a record heat this week. A few weeks ago, I wrote about one section of the Maguire Gardens of the Library. This time I will take you to an outdoor setting where one restaurant had set up for an evening affair.


Facing West, amidst the tall buildings in the heart of downtown LA, there is a clear reflection of the facade of the Library.


(Source: Public Art in LA)

The sculptural installation by Jud Fine in the Maguire Gardens is called Spine (1993). “The “spine” is the fundamental unit of a body that gives it the strength and support to stand on its own. The spine begins where the brain leaves off. The electricity of the body flows through it …. structurally, the spine also refers to the anatomy of a book. A book is identified by the name running down its spine. The spine separates the front from the back, and at the same time it hinges them together. It is the central nervous system of the book.” (Spine, p. 13) The installation conceptually connects the archaic world to contemporary culture, the “new world” to the “old world”


Labyrinthodont Pool
Jud Fine, 1993
Labyrinthodont was a representative of the first “fish” to develop both feet and lungs.


Emergence of Writing Steps
Jud Fine, 1993


Growth of Print and Graphic Reproduction Steps
Jud Fine, 1993


Well of Scribes and Bright Fountain
Jud Fine, 1993

It is a geographical relief map of the world in bronze. The map includes location names and dates of 45 historic incidents of library destruction and book burnings from around the world, from 86 BC to 1986. The typeface on the fountain is Centaur.


California Newt Pool
Jud Fine, 1993
The California Newt is a contemporary amphibian.


Isn’t the Library just a fountain of wealth and information? Have a great day everyone!

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38 Responses to Outdoor Dining at the Library

  1. Pam says:

    Hi Ebie, This library is not only a wealth of information, it has beautiful surroundings. I enjoyed the wonderful photos.
    .-= Pam´s last blog ..Deerfield Beach Coastline =-.

  2. cher says:

    the library is a fountain of beauty too! ‘love all the photos, Ebie! thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Lucy says:

    I can’t believe this is all a part of the LA Public Library! You took some great pictures, Ebie! I love the reflection of the library! I think that’s my favorite. Thank you so much for sharing these!
    .-= Lucy´s last blog ..Toesies Tuesday =-.

  4. carolynUSA says:

    This is a place I must visit! You are a fabulous tour-guide and I love reading your posts. Beautiful photographs accompany significant details about all the places you visit. When this weather cools…I will be there!
    .-= carolynUSA´s last blog ..Mellow Yellow Monday #36 / Day Lily =-.

  5. Lucy says:

    p.s. Glad to see you back! 😀
    .-= Lucy´s last blog ..Toesies Tuesday =-.

  6. What a beautiful library! It is rich in meaning — everything is so intentional in the design!
    Lovely photos…thank you for sharing them. I had no idea what a treasure LA has in it’s public library.

    Have a fantastic week!
    Debbykay @ Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm
    .-= Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm´s last blog ..Junk Bonanza =-.

  7. Femme.Views says:

    If our libraries here in the Philippines were like that, our family would surely troop there every week, or in my husband’s case, maybe everyday. Your captured images are so amazing. I really like the reflection of the library’s facade. wonderful!
    .-= Femme.Views´s last blog ..Ping Lacson VS Erap: mud slinging in Phil politics =-.

  8. Claudie says:

    What great pic’s. Now, I would be enjoying myself also if our libraries looked like that one!!
    We have so much snow in the winter, you’d need major snow shoes to get there… lol
    Happy OW
    Love Claudie

  9. James says:

    Great pictures Ebie and cool bar code.
    .-= James´s last blog ..More Faces of Princeton =-.

  10. Elisabeth says:

    How Interesting…what a fascinating place to visit. Love the photographs. Have enjoyed reading such an informative piece. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Carletta says:

    Such gorgeous shots!
    I love that reflection of the building in your second photo!
    The steps were simply fascinating – what a cool place your library is!

    My watery post is here: Carletta’s Captures.
    .-= Carletta´s last blog ..Rollin’ On The River =-.

  12. Ebie, the photos are magnificent. I enlarged the second one and felt like I was standing there looking out over the pool. The reflection of the building on the building is great. Thanks for all the information on the library, I had no idea all this existed.

    .-= SquirrelQueen´s last blog ..Summer’s Parting Gift =-.

  13. Joyce M says:

    It was so nice to see what the Los Angeles Library looks like. Who knew? Not me. You took some excellent shots. Nice post!
    Joyce M
    .-= Joyce M´s last blog ..Pink Saturday – September 19, 2009 =-.

  14. luna miranda says:

    what an interesting place to dine and hang out! i can spend the whole day inside the library, but with grounds like this, I’d probably spend more time outside.:P
    .-= luna miranda´s last blog ..Take me fishing – Watery Wednesday =-.

  15. J Bar says:

    Interesting. Thanks for sharing these.
    .-= J Bar´s last blog ..Liverpool, Georges River =-.

  16. Anya says:

    The reflection on that building is fantastic !!!!
    Amazing photo’s from the library.
    Its a beautiful post ( as always 😉
    .-= Anya´s last blog ..Indoor cats … =-.

  17. Regina says:

    Beautiful shots. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Regina´s last blog ..Watery And Outdoor. A Beach Scene =-.

  18. EG wow says:

    Great post, Ebie! The Los Angeles Library a part of Watery Wednesday? Who woulda thunk it?
    .-= EG wow´s last blog ..Flower Power/ Watery Wednesday =-.

  19. coffeedoff says:

    Great set of watery pictures!
    .-= coffeedoff´s last blog ..Thats My World Tuesday =-.

  20. It looks more like a museum than a library. I would love to read a book in such beautiful surroundings.
    .-= eastcoastlife´s last blog ..Asia’s 1st Life-sized Bread Race Car! – RT/WW =-.

  21. Carol says:

    What a wonderful library! The photographs are incredible.

    .-= Carol´s last blog ..Outdoor Wednesday in Camden =-.

  22. Becky K. says:

    While our library is considerably smaller, we love it too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane
    .-= Becky K.´s last blog ..Chelsea…One year ago! =-.

  23. Maggie May says:

    I love the writing steps in particular.

  24. Tricia says:

    Wonderful Watery Wednesday post – I like the Newt Pool! Very cool!!!

  25. Linnea says:

    Wonderful series of shots of a very interesting part of downtown LA. I love how you captured the building reflections in the shiny windows and the fountain water.
    .-= Linnea´s last blog ..Watery Wednesday =-.

  26. LaVoice says:

    The library is one of the best places to go. I am a frequent visitor to mine. I enjoyed the tour of your city and the library.
    .-= LaVoice´s last blog ..Outdoor Wednesday =-.

  27. Mary says:

    I love the tour of the library gardens and exterior. The photo with the reflection is really amazing. This was an interesting post. I hope you are having a wonderful day.
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Okanagan Apple Bread and the San Juan Islands – Outdoor Wednesday =-.

  28. Marju says:

    Really wonderful pictures, I like all!

  29. Tammie says:

    wonderful pools and fountains.

    .-= Tammie´s last blog ..Fall Equinox =-.

  30. Thanks for the tour. Loved the reflection and the words on the steps– such a cool presentation.

    If you get a chance please stop by and say hi!

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥
    .-= Claudia@DipityRoad´s last blog ..Autumn Pumpkins =-.

  31. Tracy says:

    Hello Ebie,

    What a fabulous library! Thank you for the tour!

    ~ Tracy
    .-= Tracy´s last blog ..Outdoor Wednesday – Sawgrass Park =-.

  32. Ewok says:

    Oh that’s a beautiful library. You don’t even need to go inside to enjoy the place :)
    .-= Ewok´s last blog ..watery wednesday # 29 =-.

  33. RobinfromCA says:

    What an interesting library. Thanks for sharing! This west coast heat wave is getting to be a bit much isn’t it? I’m ready for fall temps!

    Happy O.W.
    .-= RobinfromCA´s last blog ..OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY HOPING FOR FALL =-.

  34. Pat says:

    What a goregeous library! Obviously a lot of throught went into its design. Is it as equally beautiful inside? I love libraries!
    .-= Pat´s last blog ..Part 1 – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming =-.

  35. Wow … I’ve not been downtown Los Angeles in MANY years and it sure looks different these days from the way I remember it. Thanks for sharing … and hope you stay C O O L and safe in this heat wave!
    Hugs and blessings,
    .-= storyteller at Sacred Ruminations´s last blog ..Watery Wednesday with Words of Wisdom =-.

  36. Eileen says:

    Wonderful series of photos!The reflection is sharp and I really love the scultures.
    .-= Eileen´s last blog ..Watery Wednesday,, =-.

  37. Pagan Sphinx says:

    Fantastic captures. I love the reflection of the library in the glass building. And the reflection in the fountain. I guess I like reflection shots! Really enjoyed your post. My daughter moved to Santa Barbara this summer, so I hope to visit and take a few days in LA.
    Thank you!

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