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The Big Read/Fahrenheit 451: A Real Page Turner Installation on Display Now at Paul Robeson Library

November 7, 2016
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Paul Robeson Library, in conjunction with the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts, is hosting The Big Read/Fahrenheit 451: A Real Page Turner Installation now through December 9, 2016. The display is inspired by Ray Bradbury’s 1953 classic novel Fahrenheit 451 which presents a dystopian American society in which books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found. The exhibit features biographical information about the prolific author, including his work in television and film, as well as an interactive sculptural installation entitled “The Book Kingdom – El Reino de los Libros.”

Created by artists Ana Guissel Palma and Cesar Viveros, the tree-shaped sculpture of repurposed library books invites viewers to respond to the question, “If you could memorize a book for future generations, what book would you choose?” After writing their responses on provided re-purposed book pages, participants can then tape their answers to the tree trunk and help the installation grow.

The artists used paper and papier-mâché techniques to create the low-relief tree. Camden summer camps and community groups also took part by assisting in the folding of books, embellishing birds and butterflies, or applying papier-mâché. For community groups that did not have transportation, Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts staff brought an “on tour” version of the program directly to them.

Complimentary copies of Fahrenheit 451 will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. As part of the Big Read, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the goal is to connect approximately 2,000 New Jerseyeans to the book and to each other through a two-month celebration, featuring a lecture series, performances, art installation sites, storytelling workshops, and more.

For more information, visit the Big Read website.