In her new book, As You Will: Carnegie Libraries of the South Pacific
, artist Mickey Smith documents the historic legacy of 23 Carnegie Libraries erected across the South Pacific, including 18 in Aotearoa New Zealand. These were named after the successful Scottish-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie, whose philanthropic trust established 2,509 library buildings throughout the English-speaking world between 1886 and 1917.
Featuring 47 original full-colour photographs as well as 23 historic images, and short texts by AUT Professor of Architecture, Charles Walker and Te Tuhi Artistic Director, Gabriela Salgado, this publication is a memorial to the Carnegie legacy, capturing a philanthropic project in decline. This publication accompanied the exhibition Mickey Smith: Cultivate it as you will