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If you were ever up in one of the meeting rooms in the library (on the all-red floor), you couldn't help but notice that that painting looked EXACTLY like the shell of the library, the stretched grid. It has to have been Koolhaas's inspiration. I don't think the association came across as clearly from street level. I always assumed Koolhaas saw it from the old rooftop patio at the old library.
WHY IS THE PAINTING GONE?
And now it's gone to goddamn North Carolina somewhere, where rubes are probably smearing pork grease on it as I type this.
Of course I didn't, so this story kinda sucks.