Only a month after closing its doors for a renovation and seismic upgrade, the Merced Branch library is looking eerily like the last building a mounted Charlton Heston would gallop by before being confronted with “his destiny” (“You Maniacs! You blew it up! Damn you! God damn you all to hell!”).
Granted, the library is scheduled to reopen by the end of 2010 — by which time a race of man-apes with the ability to speak and walk upright probably won't have taken over the earth (though, as we've pointed out before, there's not guarantee that such a creature isn't already living in the parts of darkest McLaren Park no one's ever been to before). Even still, the sight of a an empty library building succumbing to rapidly growing vine plants, cobwebs, and back copies of the Examiner is terrifying. Click on the link for more shots.