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Tower of Babel
11-MAY-2011 Dan Polley © 2011

Tower of Babel

Buenos Aires, Argentina

An extraordinary Tower of Babel of 28 meters with 30 thousand books in all languages ​​was created by the artist, Marta Minujín and is being exposed in Plaza San Martín, celebrating the designation of the city as “Capital of the Books of the World 2011″ by the UNESCO.
The massive tower is composed of classic books of literature, from dictionaries to old manuals, such as “best sellers” in languages ​​like German, Spanish, French, English, Japanese, Swedish, Russian, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, Portuguese and Polish. The panels themselves are on a spiral structure of six levels:
Distributed: Ground floor, books from around the world.
The first and second floor filled with books of America.
The third and fourth floor with books from Europe.
Fifth floor: Africa.
Sixth floor: Asia.
This was explained by the artist from Argentina and her idea was “to unify all races throughout the book and remember the mythical Tower of Babel, over 4 thousand years”.

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Walter O. Koenig15-May-2011 21:46
Very cool. Thanks for the info. As a Bibliophile I totally approve.