Located outside Deming, New Mexico. The Cabinet National Library in the top cabinet drawer contains the library card catalog, a guest book and other "guest services" (a plush pillow to sit on while you read and an umbrella to shade you). The middle drawer contains the collection of the first thirteen issues of Cabinet , with each magazine individually-wrapped in a plastic cover for protection from the elements. The bottom drawer is the "snack bar" which, at the time of our departure, contained a bottle of water, a pair of sturdy workboots (men's size 10) and two cans of steadily-warming beer.
The full landscaped area of the Cabinet National Library takes the form of a circle with a radius of twelve feet-viewed from the south, the cabinet is situated at the top, or "12 o'clock" position on the circle. At each of the positions representing three, six and nine o'clock, we have set a solar-powered lantern into the earth to help guide you around the library grounds should you find yourself there after sundown. Each lantern is also outfitted with a light sensor that automatically shuts the light off during daylight hours (while the batteries recharge) and turns the light on at night.
The arced wall is approximately 15 feet long on either side of the cabinet. As viewed from the backside, the library appears as a gently-sloping mound rising from the desert floor, and is almost entirely camouflaged from view.
The design of the Cabinet National Library was inspired in various ways by the architectural visions of the Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the writings of cultural geographer John Brinckerhoff Jackson, and many large-scale desert art installations we have witnessed over the years in Black Rock City, Nevada.
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