I am forever running out of shelf space. I give away a box of books only to find days later that the shelves are overflowing again. It’s like they are breeding when my back is turned. This system is probably not the answer, but it is fun to see. “Ex Libris” is a newly installed work at the Tel Aviv Art Museum by Chanan de Lange. The work consists of two semicircular units comprised of vertical metal poles supporting angled shelves on both the inside and outside of the semicircle. The shelves are re-purposed studio boards and drawing tablets (you can see student doodles on most of them!) from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. When full, the structures can hold up to 20,000 books. The idea is that circulating around the shelves, without corners, is easier for library users to navigate. I am not so sure that is the case, but I do love the way the books look all jumbled up, yet still organized.
More photos and a video of the instillation process at Design Boom.
All images by Design Boom.