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Forgotten Places

(June 19–27, 2010)

Yischon Liaw

Dioramas at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Jook Leung

1890's Library of New York University

University Heights, Bronx, New York, USA

June 27, 2010

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A pantheon neoclassical Beaux-Arts architectural style domed building designed by Stanford White, the Gould Memorial Library, in 1894-99. It was the Library of New York University at its University Heights campus in the Bronx, NYC. Like an abandoned time capsule, it is now empty of all its books.

This is the dusty and barren reading room that once housed the Romance literature stacks in the old library. The panorama reveals a lighting system that allows natural light to pass through floors and ceilings made of glass blocks.

The meaning of Romance in literature started out with the medieval ideal of Chivalry. Most likely there was once a copy of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet sitting on its shelves.

On a personal level, we open doors everyday. How many will say "Romance"? We travel through life encountering interpersonal relationships. Some are affectionate and romantic. The most poignant of memories are those that were lost but not forgotten.

We all carry around a few broken hearts... Damm if that girl back in college didn't dump me while "Bridge over Troubled Water" was playing...

360VR Images by Jook Leung http://360vr.com
Canon EOS 5D Mark2, Tokina 10mm

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