Travel theme: books

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It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.

Lemony Snicket

I am arriving a week late to Ailsa’s travel theme but I wanted to share these wonderful papier maché sculptures created by Cork Community Art Link, in collaboration with Cork City Libraries and Cork World Book Fest in 2013.

I came across the exhibition when strolling through a food market on the Grand Parade in Cork City. I’ve kept these snaps on my phone since then as I thought the life-like sculptures were cool, clever and just a little bit creepy… the way they were nonchalantly leaning against lamp posts and posing casually where you would least expect them! Hope you enjoy them too.

Here is an extract from Cork City Libraries about the 2013 exhibition:

A unique touring exhibition by Cork Community Art Link explores the power of books in an imaginative collection of sculptures at Douglas Library.

Wrapped Up In Books, one of the highlights of this year’s Cork World Book Fest is a exhibition of sculptures by Cork Community Art Link in association with Cork City Library and Cork World Book Fest 2013. 

A series of over 40 sculptures is now on display at Douglas Library. The sculptures were originally designed to form a temporary installation on Grand Parade as part of the Cork World Book Festival celebration in April of this year. Now due to the extraordinary response to the project, a touring exhibition has been curated and opened with great interest at Douglas Library this week. 

The exhibition is the result of a community based project which invited library users and reading enthusiasts to participate in a series of tape moulding workshops.

Participants took part by imagining weird and wonderful scenarios in which they might read a book and were then moulded in tape in their chosen scenario to create a 3D life sized sculpture. These sculptures were finished in papier mache with printed quotations from the participants favourite books. The result is a collection of amusing imaginative interpretations of our reading experiences.