the matter of words

this is not a wall of books

stacked almost to the museum ceiling

is is a square box consisting of books...enormous

"This piece of art is made for the exhibition, for the gallery space, and it exists only for this, and it won't ever exist after this, it will be destroyed," Bateman said. "It relates to the architecture of this particular space ... moving it elsewhere would undermine some of the meaning that the work actually has."
With the help of museum assistants, building the 14-foot tall, 83,000-pound sculpture took about 600 hours. The books were carefully stacked and are held by gravity only; something Bateman said is only possible through following strict parameters of stacking and using plenty of experimentation and faith.
"This piece is about the idea of language and the relationship language has to objects," Bateman said. "I think, typically, people are attracted to books because people have a familiarity with books, and they are predisposed to like books. And I think when they see this many books together it transforms the way they think about books, and that's something people enjoy."

If You Go

The Matter of Words: Adam Bateman, Harrell Fletcher, and John Fraser
When: Through Nov. 26, visit the museum's website for hours
Where: The Brigham Young University Museum of Art, in the Marian Adelaide Morris Cannon Gallery on the main level of the museum, North Campus Drive
Tickets: Admission is free, free docent-led tours can be scheduled with at least one week's notice by calling (801) 422-1140


Anna Diederich said…
this is awesome. [and not with the slang definition of the word.]
S. Etole said…
how our words undergird our lives ...
Melissa: said…
wow, amazing. i can't wrap my mind around how this was put together - the time, the adjustments to make it perfectly square. Wow.
Cath said…
I've been busy and away from your blog. Thanks for the tip on this (since it isn't likely I will make a trip down south). But I LOVE it. And loved all the photos of your brother, expecting Ali, thoughts on being blessed. Love you.

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