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Thursday, October 19, 2017

David Harper: Book Form Sculptor

I recently returned from a trip to central New York where I visited the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia (https://sqhap.org/).   There I saw two literary installations, both by David Harper.


This installation is called "Stacks" and  Harper created it by recycling fallen logs.  The theme for the installation, “these trees shall be my books,” comes from William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, but the goal of the work goes far beyond Orlando’s wish to immortalize Rosalind. Harper seeks to immortalize the love of knowledge, and the homage owed to the living things we use to create stores of knowledge for all to study. “Stacks” captures the transformation from living tree to store of knowledge (http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2011/06/david-harper-stacks/). 

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This one is called "Heavy Reading."

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Apparently, Harper likes the wooden book form; I found a photo of another of his pieces, this one entitled "Telephone":  http://telephone.satellitecollective.org/works/216.