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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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I’d like to say I was out of the country or something, but I guess I really have to come clean and admit that I didn’t see this installation which was held last June in my hometown of Melbourne.  How I missed it, I’ll never know!   And once I’d seen what was created, you should have heard my howls of disappointment.

Quoting from the Literatura website, the objective of this project was to create

a river of books overflowing into the physical pedestrian spaces and installed itself in the space allocated to cars, stealing precious space to the dense traffic in the area, in a symbolic gesture in which literature took control of the streets and became the conquerer of the public space, offering the citizens, a space (not as big as we would have liked) in which the traffic withdrew yielding ground to the modest power of the written word.”

Truly amazing.   Have a look:

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