Tuesday, 19 February 2008

10000 books

Here is an installation by Sami Rintala, a Finnish architect. 10 000 religious, political and philosophical books that would have otherwise been distroyed, were collected from universities and libraries around the world. They were brought to Piazza della Reppublica in Firenze, Italy, and used as material for the work. Seen from outside all different languages, titles and colours form a rich collage. Inside all is just harmonous white paper.

The installation was destroyed in only 30 hours by the citizens of the Reneissance town, although the books were written in languages they can never read, like Polish or Lithuanian. All the books taken home, the installation continues its life in the bookshelves of the Florentian bourgeosie.

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