If you’re looking for a fun place to hang out and interact with data (and who isn’t?) try the Teton County Library in Jackson, Wyoming. The library has a new addition built by Gilday Architects. And inside the new entrance lobby, you’ll find a stunning installation created by E/B Office. The New York-based practice has filled the lobby with five miles of fiber optic cable cut into a thousand segments.
The segments swoop from a central tower that controls the fibers’ illumination to 940 text labels mounted on parallel walls, one label for each category in the Dewey Decimal Classification system. The installation changes color whenever a library user in the state uses the Internet to look up a book in any of these categories; if they click on an item to check out, the color will change again. The installation has the effect of turning the lobby into a interactive web of flashing data, which is exactly what E/B Office had in mind. “It’s inspired by the concept that our civic spaces should be intelligent and responsive, communicating as much to us as we do to each other.”