Architect of Record: Christopher Mercier and Douglas Pierson, (fer) studio
Sculpture Artist/Designer: Youn Choi
The project called for an interactive public art project. The result: a 10x12x15-foot sculpture that repurposed some of the 10,000 books that the library had decommissioned – giving new life to old and often redundant copies of books by turning them into elements of a work of art.
When designer/artist Youn Choi saw those books, she was struck by the idea for a sculpture recalling crumbled papers (and she drew the idea on crumbled paper). Entitled “Bookmark @ The Inglewood Public Library.” the sculpture’s structure – its skeleton -- is comprised of wire fencing (chicken wire), strengthened and stabilized by ordinary rebar. It perches on a floor made of book covers.
Woven through the wire are layers of book covers and pages, including end pages with very little print on them -- hence the areas that seem almost white.
Along with Choi and the design team at (fer) studio, library patrons of all ages helped fold the pages to fit the size of the fence material’s openings.
Choi considered many shapes for the sculpture then decided on the woven construction because it’s more “liberating” than, say, a wall of books. It allows the piece to have multiple surfaces and a sense of inside and outside.
From building the wire structure to finishing the weaving, “Bookmark” took approximately five months to complete.