Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mystery Bytes: News, Book Structures, Florals & Agatha Christie

Occasionally I come across some odd book buildings, libraries, book bookshelves, book stairs, etc. Here are a few new ones:

Architecture is knowledge, history, research and trend. This is literally evident in Book Cell, an octagonal building made entirely from books that was installed in the Modern Art Center in Lisboa. Slovakian artist Matej Kren built an octagonal framework, filled it with books and removed it, leaving a symmetrical, enclosed room of stacked literature.

Book Cell was originally installed for six months in 2006, but the piece still resonates today. The books used for the piece were borrowed from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation onsite at the Modern Art Center and returned to its collection after use, making it a very site-specific, almost personal piece, and reinforcing the idea that you don’t have to use something crazy, new and disposable to make powerful art.

For other Book Buildings on this blog, go HERE and HERE. I've had others, too.

On Feb. 5, the Arlington Garden Club and the Friends of the Robbins Library teamed up for a fundraising event called Books in Bloom. More than 225 guests enjoyed the 20 floral displays — 15 created by Garden Club members and five created by local florists — that interpreted books in a unique way — through flowers.
And here's a real Agatha Christie Mystery

Jewels belonging to mystery author Agatha Christie have been discovered in a battered trunk bought for £100. They probably belonged to Agatha Christie's mother, and the diamond ring and buckle pin are described by her in her diaries. The trunk bears her mother's initials, and she may have placed them in the trunk or they were there from her mother and forgotten about. 
Read the entire story HEREHat tip to Sarah Weinman


Jeanne C. said...

LOVE the book cell! It reminds me of the snow forts we built as little kids! I would like the "book fort" better... warmer and surrounded by my favorite things!

And the Agatha Christie jewels are amazing! I love to hear those kind of stories!
Thanks for sharing!

Eeleen Lee said...

the octagonal library made out of books

reminds me of Jean Luis Borges' "The Library of Babel"