Friday, August 17, 2012
¨Bookyards¨ in the park
(...) On a platform atop what amounts to a faux-construction site stands "Hotel Ghent," a temporary, one-room structure created by Japanese artist Tazu Rous. At its center is the station’s massive, four-faced clock, wedged into the room from floor to ceiling. This "hotel" is actually part of a city-wide exhibition called TRACK: A Contemporary City Conversation. Organized by Ghent’s contemporary art museum, S.M.A.K., the exhibition features work by 41 international artists in a variety of mediums including film, sculpture and performance art. (...)
Italian artist Massimo Bartolini uses his installation to spotlight hidden-away places. For TRACK, Bartolini created "Bookyards," a series of 12 green bookcases in a vineyard near the University of Ghent. The shelves are filled with books and arranged alongside rows of vines so that one ends where the other begins. Bartolini’s pop-up library is only a short distance from the university Book Tower. In contrast to the university library, however, access to "Bookyards" is unrestricted — anyone can browse or borrow books, free of charge.
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