Prepare to be inspired as you follow an innovative art trail through Central Library. Original artwork by Edinburgh College of Art masters students, which was inspired by the building and its collections, form the Central Inspiration exhibition, on display until the end of August.
The aim of the project was to highlight the importance of tactile objects in the library in a digital age. MA Graphic Design student Sigrid Schmeisser said: “While libraries must incorporate technology to compete with their online counterparts, we cannot discount the tactile nature of public libraries that cannot be recreated on-screen. Libraries are often home to rare books, prints and manuscripts and unlike a museum the public has access to these artefacts which is an interaction that no scan or image can recreate.”
To celebrate this aspect of a traditional library, the 15 postgraduate graphic design and illustration students installed pieces around the main public areas of the Central Library building to encourage audiences to explore the collections. The work ranges from light reflecting mobiles in the children’s library to an Edgar Allan Poe inspired illustration in reference. There’s a digital animation in the Lending Library and ornate paper crafts outside the Edinburgh and Scottish Collection.
You can collect a map at the foyer of the library and use it to navigate your way through these wonderful pieces. The process was also filmed to allow you, dear library user, to click a QR code beside the artwork and discover the inspiration behind it.
Here’s a taste of what the artists had to say: