Booklicious: The 30,000-Book Tower of Babel

May 19, 2011


First off, I apologize profusely for leaving you high and dry this week. Michael and I made a road trip to see some old friends before they leave the Midwest for San Diego (sniff sniff), and our three-day weekend turned into five-day workation of sorts, thanks to some unexpected car trouble. So to celebrate our late-night return to Chicago - and the successful fixing of our car - here's a post about something else celebratory. 

It's called the Tower of Babel - of books. Created by Argentinian artist Marta Minujin, it's a sculpture seven stories tall and consisting of 30,000 tomes in a multitude of languages. Minujin created the piece to celebrate Buenos Aires being named World Book Capital 2011 by UNESCO. (Obviously, she was really excited.) The piece will stick around in Plaza San Martin until May 28, when it will be disassembled and the books given away. The books were originally donated by readers, libraries, and 50 embassies from around the world.

You can view more photos of the sculpture being built at the Guardian here.


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