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igloo made of books

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the Colombian artist Miller Lagos constructed this amazing installation made entirely of carefully stacked books. all the books come from the library of a US navy base that is no longer in use.  the pages of the books face outward, and the spines face inwards so you can only read the titles from the inside of the dome.

in total, the structure is 9 feet across and houses all kinds of knowledge – from foreign language dictionaries, to geography, to psychology and medical studies. “To Lagos, the igloo is both a shelter to protect its inhabitants from nature and a space where knowledge is passed down from one generation to the next. At the same time, it is a fragile structure, vulnerable as man himself.”

because the books are all generally the same size, they are easily stack-able and stabilize each other. the structure is not fully enclosed, suggesting that even with all the knowledge built into the wall, we still must have experiences to learn and grow.

images via This is Colossal

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