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Take a Bath of Knowledge with Vanessa Mancini’s Tub Made of Books

Posted By Helen Morgan On February 22, 2012 @ 2:00 pm In Art,carousel showcase,Recycled Materials | No Comments


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If you like to unwind by soaking in the tub with a good book [1], how about bathing in literature instead with artist Vanessa Mancini’s ‘Bath of Knowledge’? This novel idea (excuse the pun) is made almost entirely out of books [2], each one cut and fitted by the artist herself. The books have been layered onto a metal frame that rests on top of four antique feet shaped like lions. Encompassed in tightly crafted book slabs, this tub is as┬áboth charming and captivating as the literature it draws from.


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When it was created back in 2008, Mancini intended to protect the piece, turning it into a fully functioning tub. Instead, the tub remains unfinished as a mere piece to look at or rest in, water free. But regardless of its functionality, the idea of being able to slip into a warm bath of knowledge is certainly a refreshing one — even if its only in the imagination!

Images courtesy of Vanessa Mancini


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[1] book: http://inhabitat.com/artist-brian-dettmer-carves-old-books-into-intricate-narrative-sculptures/

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