Where do old sketchbooks go to…enjoy an active retirement?
I can’t be so morbid as to say “to be put out of their misery,” because at New York City’s Brooklyn Art Library, inked-over and expressed-upon sketchbooks can still enjoy the promise of scoring plenty of paging-through action in their golden years.
The Sketchbook Project is there to care.
Imagine a place where the shelves are lined with sheer creativity, and you can be privy to all of it. Visions of Willy Wonka’s sugar refinery tour pop to mind, but be assured, in Brookyln, there’s a far smaller chance of being spirited away by unionised Oompa-Loompas as you let your curiosity get the best of you.
Absolutely anyone can submit a sketchbook to the library and have it properly digitised, whether you draw like Raphael or have all the aesthetic sensibilities of a rock.
Over 36,000 submissions from the most surprising corners of the globe have made the pilgrimage to NYC’s baddest borough, making the museum one of the of the most broad-minded, dynamic and human-dignity-re-affirming cultural institutions I know of. They’ve even got a mobile library — a sketchbookmobile.
So why not send your little book of masterpieces to nestle in among the most colourful of company?