(Photographs credit to Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.)
On those days when I’m wondering what I would have studied if I hadn’t gone into studio art, I think that I could’ve been a literature major. As a child I was always a reader– the library period in elementary school always seemed too short and my mother would take my sister and I to the public library weekly. At some point in middle school, the librarians and I were on a first name basis, so when they asked if I wanted to work there twice a week as an assistant and a tutor, it was a no-brainer to say yes considering I was there so often.
I haven’t been to the public library since I graduated high school (do library cards even expire?), but when I came across these photographs from the ‘aMAZEme’ installation in Southbank London, I was instantly reminded of the many summers when stacks of books filled my bedroom floor. Created by Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo, the labyrinth celebrates a love of books and mazes. It’s constructed from around 250,000 books, both new and used, and took over fifty volunteers four days to build.
It’s always appealing when an exhibition actively engages the audience and I love how this one lets people of all ages interact with it, whether you’re an avid reader or not. Sadly, I’m not in London to actually visit it (the installation closes on August 26th), but it’s given me some ideas on what to start doing with my books when I run out of shelf-space. (: