Gallery: Spiraling Tower of 15,000 Books Celebrates Abraham Lincoln at ...

 
This past Sunday marked the 203rd anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, and the official opening of the Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership in Washington, DC. The $60 million dollar project features an exhibit with hundreds of Lincoln artifacts and objects - and it also includes an awe-inspiring, three-story “Tower of Books” sculpture comprised of over 15,000 titles that have been written about President Lincoln over the last 150 years. Visitors can walk up the impressive spiral glass staircase around the books to get an idea of the sheer size of Lincoln's imprint, and the influence he had on his fellow countrymen.

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  1. SethG911 February 20, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Also these books are not real, but made of aluminum and the stack only includes about 7,000 of the 15,000 books published about Lincoln.

    Source: http://www.npr.org/2012/02/20/147062501/forget-lincoln-logs-a-tower-of-books-to-honor-abe

  2. Nathaniel Ross February 18, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Good point, Billwars! Thanks for pointing out the oversight. The edit has been made.

  3. billwars February 16, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I like the idea of a book tower but i have a problem with the math of 15,000 books. At 10 books a year for 150 years that would seem to be 1500 books. Still a considerable number but not quite the torrent thee article suggests.
    Other than that good article and keep up the good work.

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