Gallery: Massimo Bartolini’s Bookyard is an Outdoor Library in a Belgia...

The sweeping, graceful bookcases, aligned with the abbey’s gnarled grapevines bring together a Europe before the age of the printing press. Put your e-reader away and buy a book with the donation of your choice: funds raised will benefit libraries in Ghent
 
The sweeping, graceful bookcases, aligned with the abbey’s gnarled grapevines bring together a Europe before the age of the printing press. Put your e-reader away and buy a book with the donation of your choice: funds raised will benefit libraries in Ghent and Antwerp.

Massimo Bartolini turns the idea of the library on its head with his outdoor installation. Rather than public libraries scrambling for ways to bring in patrons, Bookyard steps out of a library’s comfort zone and creates a venue where a bookworm can find his or favorite book and then read it in a beautiful setting. Up until the exhibit’s conclusion on September 16, readers can peruse the bookshelves, select that favorite book, and then leave a donation in the amount of their choosing in a discrete box. Libraries in Ghent and Antwerp donated the books for Bartolini’s Bookyard.

Bartolini, from Cecina, Italy, has long used various forms of mixed media, including sculpture and photography, and this outdoor library in the shadow of Ghent’s Book Tower is one of his finest works. The layered bookshelves mimic the vineyard’s rolling hills, the towers of books appear to grow out from the grass, and the surrounding trees and the setting inspire us to shut off out tablets and cell phones and sit down and read a classic. One question has puzzled many visitors, however; what happens when it rains?

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