bookyard an outdoor library by massimo bartolini
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may 29, 2012

bookyard an outdoor library by massimo bartolini

‘bookyard’ by massimo bartolini, 2012 all images courtesy TRACK

italian artist massimo bartolini has developed an expansive outdoor public library entitled ‘bookyard’ for belgian art festival, TRACK: a contemporary city conversation in ghent. bartolini has employed his creative, mixed media talents to develop a set of twelve bookcases installed in st peter’s abbey vineyard, sint-pietersplein 14, the establishment originating in the middle ages. the sweeping shape of green shelves has been constructed upon a small grassy field, then moving up the gradual slope of st peter’s abbey in line with their vines. the units are filled with books for sale by the public libraries of ghent and antwerp with the profits of these items to benefit the institutions. visitors to the exhibition may bring home a piece of the artwork, an object housed in the shelves of ‘bookyard’ by leaving a donation of their choosing into a small box supplied by the artist and the libraries.

ghent’s intervention project, TRACK, officially ends on september 16th, 2012.

bookyard   an outdoor library by massimo bartolini ‘bookyard’ is built in a garden, surrounded by trees and grapevines

bookyard   an outdoor library by massimo bartolini the twelve shelves gradually rise from the lowest point, the bottom shelves built in various dimensions to accommodate this change

bookyard   an outdoor library by massimo bartolini an additional perspective of the work

bookyard   an outdoor library by massimo bartolini there is a small passage way around the side of the shelves, allowing an accessibility from all sides

bookyard   an outdoor library by massimo bartolini the shelves are filled with numerous titles

bookyard   an outdoor library by massimo bartolini visitors may enjoy ‘bookyard’ until september

bookyard   an outdoor library by massimo bartolini each of the wooden units have been built in line with the vines

bookyard   an outdoor library by massimo bartolini the shelves seem to grow from the grass

bookyard   an outdoor library by massimo bartolini two groups enjoy the titles which fill ‘bookyard’

  • What happens when it rains?

    Hoops says:
  • Water comes pouring from the sky. You should see it. It s entirely absurd

    nonsensical says:
  • ahaaaahaaaahaaaa! top answer!

    me says:
  • Graveyard for moldy, old books. ..or soon to be ..moldy, old books. Nuts.


    Jim C. says:
  • these books are all trying to go to good homes. they’re purchased and the profits go back to local libraries– i’m sure the libraries wouldn’t want to lose profit and probably have a plastic sheet or something for when it’s raining.

    jo says:
  • Yeah…. rain and moisture would wreck these books. Does anyone know if they are protected from rain?

    E. Sheppard, Kentucky says:
  • nonsensical, you rocks

    kukubee says:
  • Placement of the endangered species “book” in the endangered environment…brilliant.

    magnotta says:
  • an open invitation for the book worms to join the party !!! EAT THM\’ALL

    T Z H says:
  • I love this idea. It\’s clearly not about mold and moisture….! Come on. It\’s about integrating the cerebral with the natural.

    Selwyn says:

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