Two-three years ago I created an installation of three stacks of discarded encyclopaedias called Quiet Transition.
|©Barry Smith - Quiet Transition - installation of encyclopaedias and year books|
|©2013 Barry Smith - Backside view of central stack of Quiet Transition a few years on|
|©2013 Barry Smith - A stash of books waiting for The Wall|
Today I started to create an earth pathway-pad; and cement continuous metal thread into the pathway about 1m apart. The metal three will hold planks in place to compress the books to enable them to last longer in the elements and to stop them toppling over.
|©2013 Barry Smith - Peace Post and first foundation hole for the Wall|
|©2013 Barry Smith - Metal thread cemented for The Wall - some nice curves|
|©2013 Barry Smith - Recycled metal thread with my trusty 1m long bolt cutters|
One of the things I liked about doing the work on the book wall today was the fact that I found myself listening to Pink Floyd's album The Wall - I smiled about the possible contrast between the lyrics and the fact that we would be building a wall out of books. Hopefully some of these books could have torn the walls of ignorance and bias down not hemmed people in.