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Tower of Babel


There’s a tower of 30,000 books in Buenos Aires to mark the 2011 World Book Capital: all genres, all languages, all cultures.

Says the Guardian:

The top may not reach unto heaven, but the Argentine artist Marta Minujin’s 25-metre tower is made of 30,000 books in languages from all over the world. Built in San Martin Square, Buenos Aires to mark the Argentine city’s naming as 2011 World Book Capital, the artist suggested that in 100 years people will say ‘there was a Tower of Babel in Argentina … and it didn’t need translation because art needs no translation’

And not an e-book in sight.


Author: charlotteotter

Novelist, feminist, crime writer

5 thoughts on “Tower of Babel

  1. What a cool installation! I love it.

  2. This is such a great idea on so many levels, but most of all for its collaborative nature – I love the fact that people contributed all these thousands of books and that at the end they will pass on into others’ hands!

  3. Using books as a form to see rather than as things to be read- I’m really not certain that is any type of argument for physical books rather than e-books.
    Those books are performance art- not art of themselves any longer, and will rot and fall. It’s actually quite sad.

  4. I love it 🙂

  5. Wouldn’t be quite the same displaying a couple of Kindles stacked on top of each other, would it?? ;o)

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