Catalog Card Wall by Ann Chamberlain

Catalog Card Wall by Ann Chamberlain

Regina Yunghans
Oct 11, 2010

We love seeing old card catalog cabinets used in design - isn't it a great homage to the libraries of our collective memories? Here's another way to remember the old cataloging system: by wallpapering walls with the cards themselves!

That's what the late artist Ann Chamberlain did at the San Francisco Public Library. She used actual old cards from the library to cover the walls in an art installation in 1996. Many of the type-written cards feature hand annotations:

What a great way to remember the past, create a beautiful texture on the wall, and do it all with materials that would have gone to waste otherwise when cataloging went digital.

Images: San Francisco Public Library Art, Music and Recreation Center

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