Anyone who’s ever entered Elmer Holmes Bobst Library knows that the first place your eye wanders is up and into the building’s vast 150-foot-high atrium. Except now, instead of looking up at eight floors of book stacks swathed in polycarbonate barriers — erected after two back-to-back student suicides in 2003; another jumped to his death in 2009 — visitors and NYU students will look up at sheets of golden rain. The new floor-to-ceiling perforated aluminum screens were designed, reports the Times’ City Room blog, to have a certain pixelated, digital look, with more open rectangles on the north side of the atrium so daylight can stream in all the more dramatically through the trees ringing Washington Square Park. Sounds life-affirming.
We’re all committed — I’m committed to make sure that we’ve got all of this cleaned out, and protected. Gotta take care of the floors, you know, the floors of the forest. It’s very important. You look at other countries where they do it differently, and, it’s a whole different story. I was with the president of Finland, and he said, “We have a, much different — we’re a forest nation.” He called it “a forest nation.” And they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don’t have any problem. And when it is, it’s a very small problem. So, uh, I know everybody’s looking at that. To that end. And it’s gonna work out. It’s gonna work out well.