Vice President for Information Technology and Dean of Libraries Pat Burns set out to provide the Morgan Library with a new fireplace, though with no gas line running near the library, he turned to design students for help.
What they found was that water vapor could be used to create the same effect, and in a way that is much safer and eco-friendly than an actual fire.
The design element is located in the lobby near Morgan’s Grind.
“Dr. Burns was interested in creating a greater sense of community with the fireplace and it has worked, people are pulling up chairs and gathering around,” said David Ramsay, director of strategic relationships for Morgan Library.