By Nicole Jeffries
As part of the Documenta 14 art festival in Germany, Argentinian artist Marta Minujín created a full-size replica of the Greek Parthenon using 100,000 books that are currently banned across the world today.
Minujín built her replica at Friedrichsplatz in Kassel, the site of a famous Nazi book- burning when the fascist party were at the height of their power. The Nazi regime were notorious banners of books, they burned over 2,000 during the ‘Campaign against the Un- German Spirit’.
Using a pre-built steel structure and the assistance of Kassel University students, the
books were stacked into a reconstruction of the Ancient Greek structure, which was selected as a symbol of the egalitarian ideals associated with democratic freedom.
The replica features titles such as The Catcher In The Rye, and The Da Vinci Code, however, Minujín made a conscious decision not to include Hitler’s, Mein Kampf.
Minujín calls her installation “a symbol of opposition to the banning of writings and the persecution of their authors.” Her structure will stand for 100 days, after that the thousands of books used will be returned to their owners.