A sculpture in the foyer of Bristol Central Library is literally bringing books to life as it helps celebrate 400 years of public libraries in the city.

Book Hive is a swarm of animated books within hexagonal cells that open and close with the help of movement sensors.

Over the coming months, the sculpture will grow in size until it contains 400 books integrated within it, one for each year of library history.

Creative technologists Rusty Squid have created the installation with an award of £90,000 from Arts Council England.

A fully working prototype was created at Rusty Squid’s Spike Island workshop and it was tested it out at Junction 3 library in Easton before coming to Bristol Central Library.

Arts Council England south west director Phil Gibby said: “This is an imaginative and inventive installation that brings together past, present and future in a way that is both thought-provoking and marvellous fun.

“We believe that everyone, particularly children and young people, should have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, museums and libraries, and by supporting excellent projects like Book Hive, we can bring together the right partners to commission and create something amazing.”

Bristol Library Book Hive


3 Responses so far.

  1. Joe Clayton says:

    I like this idea, but ultimately book are a thing of the past now. Lets just give everyone a kindle and be done with it. I`ll quite happily organise the book burnings

  2. Edie says:

    The above post is littered with grammar and punctuation errors. Unsurprising that the poster believes books are a thing of the past? Hoist by his own petard?

  3. Paul says:

    Putting a question mark at the end of a statement doesn’t turn it into a question. Always best to avoid grammatical and punctuation errors when criticising others.

    Boom boom.

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