Marta Minujin’s Tower of Books

Hola, Buenos Aires a series of posts about about art and print in Buenos Aires.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has named Buenos Aires the 2011 World Book Capital. To honor the occasion, Argentinian artist Marta Minujin has built an 82 foot Tower of Babel from more than 30,000 books written in dozen of languages. Artdaily has a comprehensive post detailing the project.

The piece looms large at the top of San Martin Square in the Retiro neighborhood- it definitely has a presence. And from the lines of people waiting to walk through it (I have to admit, I wasn’t one of them), it has stirred the public imagination. Below is a picture of the didactic featuring Minujin with a model of the tower. Minujin is an Argentinian art icon and has considerable international reknown. In addition to her own work, she’s famous for rolling with Warhol in the eighties.

As I understand it, at the end of the month the public will be allowed to take away books- one per person. The rest will be used to start a new archive. If the project interests you, here’s another first hand account with some nice pictures.


Night view.



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