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13 March 2012 / leggypeggy

Enlighten at the National Library

A single panel from the National Library display

I’ll write more about the National Library another time, but here’s a chance for me to share some of the amazing images that were displayed on its façade as part of this year’s Enlighten exhibition.

As you will see from the photos below, the library has seven recessed panels across its front. This allows them to display an impressive range of related images. Tonight’s displays have been based on the library’s collections that related to Asia, landscapes, early Australian discovery, typography, books (no surprise there), the night sky and more.

I love the panel displays, but I also love the reflections in the pond that sit in front of the library. So dazzling.

The library’s panels are used frequently and, in recent times, they have had quite a few nighttime displays that advertise/promote their daytime exhibits.

The most current exhibit—Handwritten: ten centuries of manuscript treasures—is a sensational collection of 100 documents from the Berlin State Museum.

These documents span 1000 years of history and include illuminated manuscripts, letters, sketches, musical scores and much more. Every item has been handwritten by a major figure in literature, religion, science, exploration, philosophy or music.

I must visit again before it closes next week, on 18 March 2012.

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  1. Louise M Oliver / Mar 14 2012 8:08 am

    Thanks for posting these photos Peggy. You have inspired me to find out for how much longer Enlighten is on so that I can perhaps go and get some of my own photos.


    • leggypeggy / Mar 14 2012 8:25 am

      Sorry Louise, but Sunday was the last night. It was on for two weekends. But start planning for 2013, which will be Canberra’s 100th year. I’m sure Enlighten will be back, and bigger than big.



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