March 30, 2016

Contact: Catherine Trujillo, Curator

Cal Poly Kennedy Library to Display ‘The Living Library’ Exhibit April 12-June 3

SAN LUIS OBISPO — An exhibit that showcases Cal Poly’s efforts toward sustainability and resilience will be on display at the Kennedy Library Tuesday, April 12, until Friday, June 3.

The public is invited to an opening reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. April 12 in Kennedy Library’s Second Floor Commons. Additionally, a Student Sustainability Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to noon April 22 in Kennedy Library’s Second Floor Commons

“The Living Library” highlights the university’s united efforts toward sustainability and resilience through art, architecture, agriculture, engineering, public policy and community service.

The natural world is brought inside Kennedy Library through an eco-lawn, a living wall, and green space designed by the Cal Poly Horticulture Club. Paired with the exhibit’s centerpiece — a sculptural interpretation of the iconic Cal Poly Mustang made of reclaimed materials — the green interior environment underscores the many facets of sustainability.

Nationally acclaimed artist and Cal Poly alumnus Ivan McLean collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of architectural engineering students led by architectural engineering (ARCE) Professor Craig Baltimore to create the reclaimed mustang. The piece honors Cal Poly’s 2016 Open House theme, “Celebrating the Mustang Legacy.”

The exhibit is a collaboration of Cal Poly’s Architectural Engineering Department, Energy, Utilities and Sustainability, and the Cal Poly Horticulture Club.

For more information about “The Living Library” visit

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