Between its forthcoming Robocop statue, and a recently installed public borrowing library shaped like Dr. Who’s famous police-box-time-machine, the TARDIS, Detroit is becoming one of the dorkiest cities in America.
As Parade reports, the homemade TARDIS was recently installed on Detroit’s Warren Ave. The life-size prop replica, is the work of local Dr. Who fan Dan Zemke who also runs a branch of the youth reading program, Reach-Out-and-Read. Zemke combined his two passions to create the new mini-library. Along with the help of his father, Zemke was able to custom build the TARDIS over just a few months.
Unlike the fictional TARDIS, Zemke’s creation is not bigger on the inside, but does have room for around 140 books that he hopes people will circulate and replace as they trade them out. Where the original TARDIS has signs around the top saying, “Police Box,” this one has signs saying, “Take A Book, Leave A Book.” Other than that, it is a spitting image of the iconic BBC ship.
At 10 feet tall, and weighing a ton, the whimsical new library is hard to miss. Zemke told Parade that people claim to have almost gotten in car accidents after seeing it parked there on the corner.