Overland Park, Kansas-based Dimensional Innovations, a full-service signage firm, was hired to install a unique design on the exterior of a parking garage in downtown Kansas City. The garage’s developers wanted to put images of books on the outside of the garage and it asked the people of Kansas City to help pick the titles of the books. Initially the design was not to have giant books, but when it came up that idea took off.
According to the Society for Experiential Graphic Designs, which gave Dimensional Innovations a merit award for this project, the spines of classic novels were professionally photographed and then the images were printed on 3M Scotchprint, which allowed sunlight to come into the garage.
“This project celebrates books, reading, and the city in a joyfully direct and legible manner,” wrote the SEGD judges in their comments. “The lovingly rendered level of detail at a massive scale brings the books to life, transforming these modest, familiar objects into monuments infused with hope and possibility. The result may be the world’s most humane and enjoyable parking structure.”