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Isn’t this amazing?!

Created entirely from books, John Marshall’s amazing construction can be found at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) in Minneapolis, USA. 

While this sculpture is inspiring in itself, its home at the MCBA is also inspirational.  Having just celebrated its 25th anniversary, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, is the largest and most comprehensive independent non profit book arts center in the United States which is recognized as a leader in the celebration and preservation of traditional crafts.  Describing its programs on its website, the MCBA states that it 

celebrates the book as a vibrant contemporary art form that takes many shapes – from the traditional craft of papermaking, letterpress printing and bookbinding to experimental printmaking, zines and other self-publishing techniques.”

The innovative ideas explored in this center remind me of some of the many activities I have used with students over the years which aimed to inspire an interest in books: paper making, book binding, calligraphy lessons to name just a few.   Utilizing the skills and talents of other members of staff made for some fun activities during Book Week celebrations.

Although this video was clearly made to inspire donations to the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, it illustrates some of the great ideas that can be put in place in any of our schools.

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