by the Edinburgh book sculptor
It's amazing what artists can do with a book that, to librarians and readers, is past its useful life. As a librarian, I have few qualms about removing books from the library when they have no place in the collection any more. I try to place them in new libraries, or send them off to the next stage in their lives--though this is not always possible. It pleases me that artist can turn a book into something new.
|By Cara Barer|
About a year ago, I watched the movie version of Inkheart with my sister and her kids. There's a scene where books are burned and my sister and I just started cringing. When the kids asked us why we were so emotional about burning books, all we could say is that it's because to destroy a book is beyond the pale. Burning a book is like trying to kill an idea.
I don't want to compare this kind of art to that, of course, because it's not the same thing at all. But the notion of book as the home of an idea and a book as an inert, mass produced object are tangled together and hard to separate. But when I look at these works of art, I have to wonder where the book's idea goes.