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the bookyard

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earlier this year, italian artist massimo bartolini created bookyard – an amazing outdoor, public library for the belgian art festival TRACK: a contemporary city conversation.  located in st. peter’s abbey vineyard, which has been around since the middle ages, the green bookshelves beautifully complement the grass and vines.

the shelves are filled with all kinds of books that are available for purchase to raise money for the public libraries of ghent.  if you’re visiting the installation, you’re encouraged to leave a small donation in a box in exchange for taking a book or a piece of art from bookyard

bartolini installs the bookshelves as extensions of the vines and according to bartolini, “books too can broaden the mind, just like good wine.”  agreed!

the TRACK festival curated 41 international artists to create work that would exist in the public space of the city of ghent.  you can walk around the city and experience the exhibitions on your own time and at your own pace.

– smiley

photos via TRACK, designboom

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