When Berkeley's Bay Area Book Festival got a donation of 50,000 books from the Internet Archive, someone had to have thought, is this a blessing or a curse? Luckily, the group found an unconventional and innovative way to use them—they built a library out of books. "Lacuna" will be 12 alcoves made of stacked books, forming a circular structure with wires that meet at the center making a literary tent-like structure. The ceiling's wires will be strung with ripped-out texts so that people will feel like they're "inside the pages of books," according to a promotional video highlighted on CityLab.
The group has partnered with art collective FLUX Foundation, which builds giant sculptures for festival-goers at Burning Man and Coachella. Visitors can chill out in the little alcoves designed for "secluded reading" and take home books for free. With a little help from Kickstarter, Lacuna will be up for three days at Berkeley's MLK Civic Center Park. How they will decide which books are for reading and which books are for building has not been disclosed.
· The Bay Area Plans a Free Library Built out of Books [CityLab]
· Library Porn Time: Around the World In Old Book Buildings [Curbed National]
· All Books posts [Curbed National]