banned books week 2010
At the daughter’s school they were studying Maya Lin and her unconventional work that is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1982). She brought the conversation home and the husband talked excitedly about how Lin’s bold vision changed the way the world looked at memorials/monuments. The “Bibliotek” Memorial was just one of the examples Sean referenced of beautiful and effective Monuments that do not hold to the older conventions. It’s reference also seemed appropriate in thinking about challenged and banned books this week.
Monument to the May 10, 1933 Nazi Book Burning in Berlin, Germany: in the Bebelplatz.
Designed by Micha Ullman, there is enough shelf room for the 20,000 books burned.
“Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.” –Heinrich Heine
“Where they burn books, they ultimately burn people.”