Artist Grows Crystals On Discarded Books To Present Their Fragility


Folks will spout about impermanence of digital information, however books are actually fragile, too. Alexis Arnold from San Francisco wished as an example that together with her challenge The Crystallized Guide: amassing books and rising Borax crystals on them. Books vary from literature classics to magazines, and there’s even a mysterious and arcane tome referred to as “Linux: The Full Handbook”.

“The Crystallized Guide Sequence addresses the materiality of the ebook versus the textual content or content material of the ebook, along with commenting on the vulnerability of the printed ebook” Alexis writes on her web site. “The crystals take away the textual content and remodel the books into aesthetic, non-functional objects.” She claims to have been impressed by the discarded books she discovered, the rise of e-books and the shutting down of ebook shops.

I suppose some would argue that many books are aesthetic, non-functional objects, however let’s not go there.

Extra information: alexisarnold.com (h/t: thisisnthappiness)

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