Monday, April 30, 2012

Let your imagination soar

This would make a great entrance to the story hour room in the children's area of any library.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Print's not dead, It's Getting High in the Sky (via

Even though this was made for Ink Global, a firm that produces printed in-flight magazines for airlines (the clouds being one of the few places where connected tablets don't always function), I love this lyrical manifesto that riffs for the salvation of an entire medium.  My favorite quotes..."illuminates without batteries," and "ink is not sinking."  There are many times I've wished I could do what the flight attendant does and silence that technology whenever it is used in inappropriate places (from the workplace, to the intrusive bombardment of our personal space by others who clearly believe that whatever they are doing takes precedent and trumps everything else--your schedule, your peace and quiet, your right to remain undisturbed are not a priority with them).  It is scary that some people are incapable of laying those things down, turning them off, or detaching that electronic device from their hand or ear.  Just another reason I like the whisper of words on a printed page.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

5,000 books pour out of a building in Spain

Artist Alicia Martin's tornado of books shoot out a window like a burst of water from a giant hose. The Spain-based artist's sculptural installation at Casa de America, Madrid depicts a cavalcade of books streaming out of the side of a building. The whirlwind of literature defies gravity and draws attention with its grandeur size. There have been three site-specific installations, thus far, of the massive sculptural works in this series known as Biografias, translated as Biographies, that each feature approximately 5,000 books sprawled out around and atop one another.

Martin's giant book structures give life to the inanimate objects filled with knowledge. By constructing the curving towers with a rather free and disheveled exterior, while maintaining a sturdy core, the books' loose pages are free to blow and rustle in the wind, allowing the piece to be further animated.

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