Gallery: Mind-Blowing Building Built From Thousands of Books

A look inside the dazzling illuminated interior of Kren's "Scanner" installation.
A look inside the dazzling illuminated interior of Kren's "Scanner" installation.

Kren created “Scanner” specifically for MAMbo in collaboration with the Slovakian Centre for Information on Literature. The installation is the seminal event of a local children’s book fair — some of us may have been raised to treat books like books and only books, but Kren manages to inspire literary reverence by using books as building materials. However intellectually metaphorical that may sound, it’s a physical truth.

Says MAMbo: The narrow inside space, multiplied and complicated by mirrors, evoke a sensation of sublime terror, an alteration referring to a puzzling infinity itself created to destabilize conventional spatial habits. Mirrors become an instrument to create illusion and, at the same time, to unmask it. Since the public can easily see themselves reflected in a false infinite – thus discovering the illusion – the problem becomes the latency of perception.

Sounds very intellectually satisfying.

+ Matej Kren

+ MAMbo


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  4. dylanfllr August 7, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I saw a very similar installation in prague last year, but on a smaller scale. Link
    same person?

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