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A replica of the Parthenon has been built in Kassel, Germany.

Now open to the public, it is expected that more than a million people will view this installation in the Documenta 14 exhibition in Kassel in which contemporary art is showcased.  Running for 100 days, the exhibition ends on 17 September

Comprised of more than 100,000 banned books, it is the creation of Argentinian artist Marta Minujin.  Students at Kassel University helped to draw up a list of 170 banned books after which the public helped locate 100,000 copies.  The installation has the same dimensions as the original Parthenon built in Athens in 447BC and is located on the same site where German Nazis burned books by Jewish or Marxist writers in 1933.

Parthenon of Books by Marta Minujin.jpg

Well worth a visit if you are in the area!

This Lonely Planet article lends more insight to the project.

 

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Many of us have lived through an era of seeing a wide range of books banned.  And we all know, that this imposed form of censorship, often does more to promote the book than had it been left to live quietly on the shelf.

So when I saw this video, created by the Arizona based bookshop Bookmans, the message really spoke to me.  Created for the 2012 Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out which celebrates the freedom to read: Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2012, the following quote appears under their YouTube video:

During Bookmans’ 36-year fight against censorship, the shattered light bulb emerged as a powerful symbol of the importance of free speech. In this video, combining passages from banned books read by customers and employees, Bookmans created a statement about how books inform, engage and inspire the light in each of us.

Have a watch.   Powerful viewing indeed!

Take a minute or two also to check out the Bookmans website.  It’s certainly not your run of the mill website which we usually associated with sales driven book shops.  Perhaps libraries too can learn a lesson or two from the range of information shared on the Bookman website.   Inspirational indeed!

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