To celebrate its 400th anniversary, the Bristol Central Library has opened a new interactive book display known as the Book Hive designed by Bristol's creative robotics collective Rusty Squid. The group received a £90,000 award from Arts Council England to complete the unique book display, a fusion of old books and new technology that consists of 400 "moving" books, one for each year of the library's history, and reacts to the movements of visitors.
The awesome new interactive book display got its name from the the hexagonal cells in which the books are displayed. Much like a swarm of bees, the books pulsate and create a stunning array of different patterns as visitors pass by. “This is an imaginative and inventive installation that brings together past, present and future in a way that is both thought-provoking and marvelous fun,” said Arts Council England south west director Phil Gibby.
“We believe that everyone, particularly children and young people, should have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, museums and libraries, and by supporting excellent projects like Book Hive, we can bring together the right partners to commission and create something amazing.”
Book Hive will be on display at Bristol’s Central Library until March 7, 2014. Even though public libraries might not be the most popular places to visit, this is the kind of installation that can attract even those with an extreme phobia of reading. Who knows, in the excitement of the display, people may even pick up a book or two!
Images by Bristol City Council