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Spiraling Tower of 15,000 Books Celebrates Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre

Posted By Nathaniel Ross On February 19, 2012 @ 2:05 am In Art,carousel showcase,Design,Features,Innovation,Recycled Materials | 3 Comments

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The Ford’s Theatre [1] Center for Education and Leadership features an expansive array of historical objects related to Abraham Lincoln, including a replica train car that transported him in repose from Washington to his home in Illinois following his 1865 assassination (in Ford’s Theatre). The most awe-inspiring installation, however is the massive “Tower of Books” made from over 15,000 hardback books [2] written about President Lincoln.

Constructing the “Tower” was no small feat – the books were secured into the sculpture one by one. These 15,000+ books average out to over 100 books a year written about Lincoln since his death in 1865. An insatiable reader himself, Lincoln would undoubtedly smile and be humbled at this tribute to his legacy as a visionary American leader.

+ Ford’s Theatre [3]

Via Design You Trust [4]

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[1] Ford’s Theatre: http://www.fordstheatre.org/

[2] hardback books: http://inhabitat.com/incredible-house-sculpture-made-from-hundreds-of-recycled-books-by-cardiffmiller/

[3] + Ford’s Theatre: http://fords.org/home/plan-your-visit/daytime-visits-fords-theatre/center-education-and-leadership/images

[4] Design You Trust: http://designyoutrust.com/2012/02/10/tower-of-books/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dyt+%28Design+You+Trust%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

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