So often, readers credit books for taking them on a journey. But this week, it’s the readers who’ve taken a stack of unwanted books on an artistic journey of their own.
On Monday, April 13, Regent University Library opened its book art gallery, where 47 sculptures – made, for the most part, out of the pages of books – are on display for the week.
“About four months ago, the librarians were looking at a stack of discarded bound journals that we couldn’t pay someone to take,” said Dr. Sara Baron, dean of the University Library. “They saw the unlimited creative possibilities in discarded library books.”
Indeed – the pieces range in a spectrum of creativity – from a blossoming cherry tree, to a portrait of the new Cinderella film, and even a dragon under siege.
“I’m absolutely blown away by the submissions and the talent of our students and others in the Regent community,” said Baron.
At the gallery opening, Baron presented first, second and third place awards for the submissions. Colleen Rowan ’16 (College of Arts & Sciences) for “Spring From the Pages” was presented with third prize; Elizabeth Harcourt ’15 (CAS) for “From the Ashes of Alexandria” won second; and Igor Papish’s ’17 (School of Business & Leadership) “Jesus the Creator” won first prize.
The gallery is one facet of Regent’s observance of National Library Week 2015, sponsored by the American Library Association and other libraries across the nation to encourage library use and support.
Regent is taking the initiative one step further by sponsoring a children’s book drive. New and gently used donations will benefit Hope Haven Children’s Home & Union Mission.