Sunday, 28 October 2012

GiftED: The Edinburgh Book Sculptures on Tour 2012

GiftED: The Edinburgh Book Sculptures on Tour 2012
The Mitchell Library, Glasgow

The story behind these artworks makes them all the more magical. Over the course of 9 months in 2011, 10 altered books were discovered in 10 of Edinburgh's libraries and museums.

Left by an anonymous individual, each artwork was meticulously crafted from a book, and each artwork referenced the book from which it was made.

The creator was obviously familiar with Twitter as a gift tag attached to the first book read

"It started with your name @byleaveswelive and became a tree...we know that a library is so much more than a building full of books...a book is so much more than pages of words...This is for you in support of books, libraries, words, ideas..."

Each subsequent book was given a tag, the second of which read "...and against their exit." This refers to the debate about cuts to library funding that were happening at the time.

Just as a good book can transport the reader to unfamiliar places and bring excitement, these artworks draw on this sense of discovery and take the audience on a different type of journey. The mystery of not knowing who is the creator allows our imaginations to run wild.

The artist writes

"In making sculptures from books I saw a pale shadow of the wonder that is reading, where black marks can become scientific theories, romantic poems...gruesome stories.This raises the question 'does a book on being read remain a book? And so I chose to transform the books into other things..."

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