Susanna Hesselberg’s Underground Library July 8, 2015 – Posted in: Art, Books and Art, Conceptual Art, Libraries, sculpture
Every two years on the coast of Denmark the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition takes place. It is the nations largest outdoor exhibition and for this years incarnation 56 site-specific sculptures graced the Danish coast.
Among them was Susanna Hesselberg’s homage to her father and books: “When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down” (a reference to Laurie Anderson’s song World Without End).
Reminiscent of the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland the library descends deep underground. With the top sealed and only the page ends visible the library is completely inaccessible. The work powerfully portrays the depth of her grief and becomes a search for meaning within the context of a great loss.
Photos by Claire Voon for Hyperallergic