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Guest of Honor Pavilion - Feria Internacional Del Libros (FIL)

Guadalajara, Mexico
2009

The annual Guadalajara International Book Fair (Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara) is the second largest book fair in the world and one of the largest cultural events in Latin America. Los Angeles was its Guest of Honor – and its pavilion would project the city’s identity for the nine days of the fair. The guiding theme was innovation – a theme common to L.A.’s artistic, cultural, commercial, and developmental history. Designed to embody innovation, rather than display it, the pavilion’s ephemeral, atmospheric environment communicated the spirit of this elusive, ever-changing City.

Two signature elements marked the design:

The first was a set of large, suspended, pneumatic “Idea Bubbles.” Inspired by cartoon speech bubbles, they formed the backdrop for ten short, specially commissioned films depicting L.A.’s life, art, history, icons, landscape, culture, and film.

The second iconic element was a 100-foot long interactive “Author Wall,” on which were projected the names of over 220 writers whose work has illuminated and defined Los Angeles over the years. A large touchscreen in the center of the Pavilion allowed visitors to control the moving wall text, which included biographies and quotations from each author in both English and Spanish.

Client

  • National Endowment for the Arts City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

General Contractor

  • Grupo Omega

Project Team

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