FEB 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Locarno Memories To Go On Show In Library
halcyon days of the old Locarno nightclub in Coventry city centre
are to come flooding back with a trail of clues to bring back
memories of the former dance hall.
A VIEW OF THE
LOCARNO, NOW THE CENTRAL LIBRARY
discovery trail of clues is being created by two local artists to
mark out features such as the dance floor and bar in the building,
which is now the central library.
project called “Shelf Life” will consist of a trail of
specially created books and objects installed at carefully planned
points in the library.
will have been inspired by areas of the former night club - such
as the dance floor or the bar, and linked to what occupies that
space in the library today, such as natural history or engineering
book/object will cross-reference with others in the library, to
give clues for the user to follow the trail. It is intended that
to be a fun way of discovering what the library has to offer.
artists Janet Vaughan, a theatre designer and visual artist, and
Derek Nisbet, a composer and film-maker, will be bringing together
the opinions and ideas of the staff and public to see what will go
in the trail.
are hoping that local people’s memories of The Locarno will
help us to build up a picture of what it was like and in turn
share that with others.
artworks will use people’s stories to create a series of
windows into the past."
taking part in the “Shelf Life” trail will have an initial
set-off point with a clue picked up from the information desk or
advice from a librarian.
well as books and objects, the trail could include a specially-
composed microfiche 'film'. There might also be on-line elements
which could be accessed via the library's Information Technology
artists have been based at the library since last week and the
completed work will be in place by the end of April.
addition to the library, the artists will be creating works of art
in waiting/reception areas at Tower Block, Much Park Street, the
Coventry Sports Centre, Spire House, New Union Street and the
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.