Place Category: LIBRARIES
The José Vasconcelos Library, located in Mexico City, was called one of the most advanced constructions of the 21st century
by former Mexican president Vicente Fox. The library cost nearly $100 million to build, and was the largest infrastructure
investment for the Fox administration, with construction plans spanning 2000-2006. The library faced some stumbling blocks
during its construction that eventually led to the library being closed for 22 months from 2007 until 2008; it has since been
restored and was re-opened to the public. The open, scaffold-like shelving of the library is especially unique, as are the
sculptures on site, including one by artist Gabriel Orozco made from a painted whale skeleton.
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