Artist Jordan Wong decided to create a Little Free Library book-sharing box that doubles as a public art piece. The library, called SUPER MEGA WONDER 1999, lives outside the Asian Town Center in Cleveland, OH. Jordan was kind enough to tell us a little bit more about this ridiculously cool Little Free Library / public art display.
What inspired you to create this uncommon Little Free Library?
SUPER MEGA WONDER 1999—the title of the public artwork/little library—is inspired by childhood gifts of Japanese robot toy model kits from my father. The box art of these model kits (specifically Gundam) fascinated me as a kid. I wanted to share that nostalgia and inspiration with Cleveland’s Asian community, especially the youth growing up in AsiaTown.
What do you hope this library achieves?
I believe this work will have lasting benefits for Cleveland’s AsiaTown by providing a new landmark for community placemaking, public programming, and gifting future generations with inspiration of creative possibilities.
Can you tell us a few of the titles included in the little library?
We are having a book drive the day of the celebration event, and expect the little library will be stocked with all sorts of imaginative stories!
Do you have a favorite graphic novel, comic, or zine?
I am a big fan of Brandon Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim, Seconds), Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese), Brandon Graham (King City, Multiple Warheads), and countless others.