The Parthenon of Books: Temple made of 100,000 Banned Books

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The Parthenon of Books
The Parthenon of Books: A replica of stunning Greek temple, the Parthenon, has been created in Germany, and it is made of 100,000 banned books. South American conceptual artist, Marta Minujin, designed the installation in Kassel and it is called “The Parthenon of Books.”.


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The Parthenon of Books

The installation has been constructed with the same dimensions of the real-life Parthenon in Athens, at the site where German Nazis burned books by Jewish or Marxist writers in 1933. The former temple was constructed in 447 BC on the hill of the Acropolis.


After the frame was constructed, the plastic-covered books were placed onto the metal grills by volunteers.

100,000 Banned Books

74-year-old Argentinian artist Marta Minujin was helped by students at Kassel University in drawing up a list of 170 banned books, and she asked the public for help in gathering 100,000 copies of them. They are comprised of 170 vintage and contemporary titles that have been banned somewhere around the world, including Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and Cecily von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl.