Written by on March 28, 2016

“The Living Library” Exhibit at Kennedy Library, April 12 – June 3

“The Living Library” exhibit showcases Cal Poly’s united efforts towards sustainability and resilience through practices ranging from art, architecture, and agriculture, to engineering, public policy, and community service.


The Living Library exhibit brings the natural world inside the library: an eco-lawn, a living wall, and green space designed by the Cal Poly Horticulture Club will provide a creative setting for the exhibit’s centerpiece – a sculptural interpretation of the iconic Cal Poly Mustang made of reclaimed materials.

Image design by: Habib Placencia (Art & Design ‘17) and Kevin Church (ARCE ’17)

Image design by: Habib Placencia (Art & Design ‘17) and Kevin Church (ARCE ’17)

The reclaimed mustang was created through a collaboration between nationally acclaimed artist and Cal Poly alumnus Ivan McLean (who also created the Performing Art Center’s “Spheres”), and an interdisciplinary team of Architectural Engineering students led by Professor Craig Baltimore. The piece honors Cal Poly’s 2016 Open House theme, “Celebrating the Mustang Legacy.”

The university community is invited to join us for an opening reception April 12, 4 p.m. -5:30 p.m in Kennedy Library’s 2nd Floor Commons, for brief remarks from university sustainability leaders, and from the creative student teams.

On Earth Day (Friday, April 22) student groups will convene at the exhibit for a Student Sustainability Fair from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., offering opportunities for students to engage in many different facets of sustainability.

The exhibit was imagined, designed, and created in collaboration with many partners across campus, including the Architectural Engineering department, Cal Poly’s Energy, Utilities and Sustainability team, and the Cal Poly Horticulture Club.

For more about our exhibits program and additional details about The Living Library: lib.calpoly.edu/exhibits/living/

Image Credit: Habib Placencia (Art & Design ‘17) and Kevin Church (ARCE ’17)

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