In response to our post about a library that lends people, Maureen Rolla, recently alerted us to another great iteration of the lending library:
…The 2013 Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, a huge, fabulous survey of contemporary art, features an art-lending library that has been organized by Transformazium, a local artist collective; it is based at the Braddock Carnegie Library, and it will live on after the exhibition.
The collective solicited works from a number of the artists in the International, plus a bunch of local artists. Anyone with a library card can borrow an art work for 3 weeks, renewable for 2 additional periods. It is awesome – I am now on my third rotation of work. It is a great way to “live” with art, not just see it in a museum (or the home of a rich person).
….Right now, I have two wonderful works by International artists Erika Verzutti (below left) and Lara Favaretto and in my home. In fact, I’m in my second rotation of art from the ALC, having just returned a charming little work by Mladen Stilinović (below right).
All you need to borrow art is a local library card — AWESOME!
What other kinds of lending libraries should we consider? How about power tools?