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Spiraling Tower of Babel Made From 30,000 Donated Books Pops Up in Buenos Aires

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On May 19, 2011 @ 9:00 am In Art,carousel showcase,gallery | No Comments

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Built in San Martin square, the book version of the Tower of Babel spirals up 25 meters into the air affording visitors with spectacular views of the city. The seven story tower is covered in 30,000 books donated by readers, libraries and more than 50 embassies. Children’s books hang next adventure stories, comic books, collections of poetry and more, all in different languages. This unification of the written word in one location is reminiscent of the original Tower of Babel, where everyone spoke the same language.

Visitors ascending the tower hear music composed by Minujin and the artist repeating the word ‘book’ in many languages. Minujin said her role as the artist of this installation was to “unite all people”. The book sculpture [5] will be up until May 28th when it will be dismantled and literary enthusiasts will be invited to pick one book to take home with them. The remaining books will begin an archive called The Library of Babel [9], after the Jorge Luis Borges short story.

+ Marta Minujin [4]

Via The Guardian [10]

Images ©Gustav Flickr [11]


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[4] Marta Minujin: http://www.martaminujin.com/portal/

[5] books: http://inhabitat.com/mind-blowing-building-built-from-thousands-of-books/

[6] Tower of Babel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_Babel

[7] Argentinian: http://inhabitat.com/argentinian-mountain-home-by-studio-ramos-sprouts-a-green-roof/

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[9] Library of Babel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Library_of_Babel

[10] The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/gallery/2011/may/16/tower-of-babel-books-argentina#/?picture=374647751&index=4

[11] Gustav Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gustavm/sets/72057594120447740/?page=4

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