Bibliotheca Alexandrina – Centre of the Universe

Centre of the Universe – Bookwork, 2006
Stand including book 21ins x 12 ins x 9.5ins
Stand: Gray boards, Resin on paper, oils Chinese tissue paper, inlay; Japanese washi thread.

Alexandria was established in 331 B.C. by Alexander the Great. For a thousand years Alexandria maintained its superiority and held its place as the apex of great thought and culture. Its library and Mouseion held treasures of knowledge and research, which became a valuable source of inspiration both artists and writers whose works, became models stimulating the emulation of other intellectuals around the Mediterranean. The work shown here is part of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina 2nd Biennale for Artist’s Book, Alexandrina, Egypt 2006


Book Covers: 8.5 x 8.5 ins Resin on colourised paper, oils Pages 32: Computer generated Islamic patterns on paper, resin, oils.Japanese washi thread Spine: Goat skin
The project posed a challenged, the idea was to incorporate a reading stand as part of the bookwork. Because it had to be reassembled the apparatus had to be simple to assemble and adding pins to place the centre piece seemed too complex to follow through. The solution was to make a book separately and placed it on the stand.


Detail of book with stand, Artbook: Centre of the Universe, Richard Bolai 2006

Oddly enough, the envision of the outer stand’s panels were to have a Islamic motif, but Art tends be pure in its content and the geometric shaped inlay cascaded to a tower-like form (Lighthouse) adding the importance to where the work will be exhibited, Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

See more ArtBooks and “Red” King St. Stephen Museum, Hungary bookwork

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