Saturday, September 1, 2012

Library land. Books + Stuff folks do with 'em.

So, during the day (and occasionally nights) I work as a librarian. While you might think this may be dull you would be incorrect - as my library patrons are always up to something! I've created a few little book sculptures for around our library but these would be really cool to put out for a display - full time!

Book Igloo mutiples installation books
This book igloo is awesome - it would be a really neat thing for kid's to discover in our children's room. (We'd have to glue it together with some seriously strong adhesive to prevent injuries + law suits of course!)
Sculpture by Colombian artist Miler Lagos. The piece was constructed at MagnanMetz Gallery late last year using carefully stacked books to create a compact dome that is entirely self-supporting.

The two pieces above are by artist Brian Dettmer.
He painstakingly crafts these intricate sculptures from pages and pages of books. I particularly enjoy the wall plaques - I think they'd be great if they were made a library signs directing patrons to different areas of the library. Though  it does seem a little cannibalistic to have a sign made of books directing you to them.... 

Artist Martin Frost paints elaborate scenes on the edges of books. He even creates miniature versions.
Librarians would be all about this because you can still use the books he paints on - though I'm not sure Mr. Frost would be thrilled about that. Reminds me a little of illuminated manuscripts due to the reuse of an already existing item.

The English artist Su Blackwell creates elaborate and intricate worlds by constructing and building sculptures out of the pages of books.  I think these would be a great tabletop display on a high counter top at eye level. We'd probably have to protect them by encasing it in a glass cloche or box. Libraries are basically dust factories and produce great breeding grounds for dust mites and spiders. I am sure they are looking to relocate to a nicer dwelling as industrial bookshelves just aren't that cozy.

Thanks for reading!
Have a great Labor Day Weekend!
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