We’ve got a serious case of the Mondays today, but this adorable piece from Bookriot is the perfect pick-me-up! Check out the book-themed murals they’ve found on libraries and bookstores around the globe:
This Utah bookstore got its facelift courtesy of artist Alicyn Wright. Don’t you love the way she achieved that embossed feel of old leather-bound books? I wonder if she got to choose which titles to paint, or if Pioneer Book gave her a list?
Want something a little more old-world? Then try this gorgeous piece, which should look a bit familiar…
Not sure why you recognize it? If you’re a Star Wars fan (or studied abroad in Ireland), you might know that this is the interior of the Trinity College Library in Dublin. It also gets credited as a location in the Harry Potter films, but apparently Harry’s library scenes were actually shot in Oxford’s Bodleian Library.
These shelf images are all well and good, you say, but what about the most important part of a book–the text inside? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered:
First off, the name of this bookstore is delicious in its strangeness: Ptyx! Taken from Mallarmé’s “Sonnet in yx,” my cursory Googling reveals that the word is a hapax, created because Mallarmé needed something to rhyme with “onyx.” And now we’ve all just leveled up in Scrabble. Beyond the awesome name, Ptyx’s wall sports a who’s who of literary giants. Wonder if that door with Virginia’s head on it leads to a room of her own?
These just scratch the surface of beautiful book-themed murals throughout the world…for even more, click through to BookRiot’s piece and enjoy them all!