The installation Monuments is part of an ongoing project by a London-based artist and designer Ben Branagan, transforming the pulped remains of unwanted and abandoned books into an eclectic series of handmade and distinctly nonfunctional pots and vases.
Being interested in is the objects and tools people use to store knowledge and examine the past, Ben came up with an idea to give a whole new meaning to the abandoned books, that were donated by libraries of simply found on the streets, therefore creating an alternative archive of the information, a kind of a 'fictional archaeology'.
"Books are obviously a very potent cultural signifier – the idea of destroying a book still carries a lot of power – yet we throw away and pulp a lot of books all the time, for many different reasons.
Faced with a pile of abandoned books, I was interested in creating an alternative archive of the information these now redundant containers once held, returning them to an object making the tradition that is prehistoric, pre-literate, " said Ben in one of his interviews.
Created with an ad hoc and improvised approach to form, the molded shapes draw on a wide range of sources; from contemporary design and traditional crafts to ancient standing stones, vernacular architecture and science fiction. Examining the methods we employ to store and recall cultural knowledge, this idiosyncratic collection of artifacts attempts to return the books to an object making the tradition that is prehistoric, pre-literate.