The Building Made from Thousands of Books
Slovakian-born artist Matej Kren designed this dizzying structure made of thousands of books as an installation for Bologna’s Museum of Modern Art.
Titled Scanner, the narrowness of the piece, which is large enough for people to walk through and which is lined with mirrors, is meant to “evoke a sensation of sublime terror, an alteration referring to a puzzling infinity itself created to destabilize conventional spatial habits. Mirrors become an instrument to create illusion and, at the same time, to unmask it. Since the public can easily see themselves reflected in a false infinite – thus discovering the illusion – the problem becomes the latency of perception.”