This sculpture is the work of Susanna Hesselberg, a Swedish-based artist constructed a library that plunges into an infinite abyss.
It’s called When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down. It references a song by Laurie Anderson, and speaks to the knowledge that is forever lost along with a human being.
The piece was created using nearly 3,000 books, all carefully sorted, stacked, and glued together, then inserted into the ground. “No mirrors or illusions,” Hesselberg says. “Just a lot of hard work.”
The installation is part of the fourth edition of Sculpture by the Sea, where 56 sculptures have been erected along the coast of Aarhus, Denmark. The artwork will be in place until July 15, 2015.
Susanna Hesselberg, “When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down” (2015) / Photo by Claire Voon for Hyperallergic.