Artist Is Constructing a Parthenon Made out of Banned Books

The replica will be a monument to free speech

(EPA/Arne Dedert)

Flanked with 100,000 copies of banned books, Argentinian artist Marta Minujín announced she is constructing a massive art installation, The Parthenon of Books, to honor the tenets of democracy and creative freedom. According to Open Culture, the structure will be built in Friedrichsplatz in Kassel, Germany, which is a former site of the Nazi regime’s infamous ideological book burnings. Minujín will utilize books that are restricted from around the world in various countries — some of the titles date as far back as the early 1500s. If you want to peruse the full list of the books, you can do so, here. The public is also welcome to submit their own text suggestions, and in pretty much all senses, this project aims to include and benefit the international community of readers. Those who visit the site are permitted to take a book with them when they leave. Minujín hopes that every single copy will be gone by the end of the installation’s run.

The Economist predicts that the construction of the banned book Parthenon will be a top ten moment of 2017. They put together a short video outlining Minujín ambitious plans, which believe it or not, they’ve been executed before in Argentina in 1983. Enjoy!

Civic Memory, Feminist Future

About the Author

More Like This

These Books About How to Evaluate What You See and Hear Have Never Been More Important

Damon Krukowski's "Ways of Hearing" is a fitting successor to "Ways of Seeing," the influential book and TV series

Jul 18 - Tobias Carroll

The Towering Influence of Leonard Cohen

Almost three years after his death, the singer-songwriter can still teach us something about what writing is for

Jul 17 - Jess Zimmerman

16 Book Covers as Rihanna Outfits

The book industry has gone full RiRi and we have proof

Jun 28 - Angeline Rodriguez