A giant replica of the Parthenon in Germany
• A giant replica of the Parthenon in Germany
On the streets of the German city of Kassel there was an unusual sight - a giant replica of the Parthenon, built of hundreds of thousands of books, once banned by the censor those or other countries. The installation was built in the framework of the international contemporary art exhibition Documenta.
The aim of the author of "Book of the Parthenon," 74-year-old conceptual artist from South America, Martha Minuhin - to attract the audience's attention to banned publications, among which can be found literary masterpieces. Books for the installation began to collect a year ago. In search of the artist helped the students of the University of Kassel.
"Parthenon" is set at about the same place where in 1933 the Nazis burned the books of Jewish and Marxist writers. The original Parthenon - Greek temple, located on the Athenian Acropolis, one of the most popular tourist sites in the world.
All 100,000 books were wrapped in plastic wrap and attached to the metal structure with the help of numerous volunteers cranes. Among the books: the Bible, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain, "The Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie, as well as "Doctor Zhivago" by Boris Pasternak's "Don Quixote" by Cervantes, "All Quiet on the Western Front" Remarque, "Transformation" Kafka and many others.
International Contemporary Art Documenta is held every five years, this year - for the 14th time, it lasts 100 days, and it is visited by about a million people. In addition to the "Book of the Parthenon", presented at the exposition and other interesting objects.