Brooklyn is very bookish. If you walk the streets on a fair weathered weekend in certain neighborhoods, you will notice a system of informal and anonymous book-sharing. You will see piles of paperbacks and hardcovers lying on sidewalks or stacked on brownstone steps, available to any passersby looking for a good novel, or a cookbook from 1972.
This tradition is a testament to the limited storage of our homes, but also to the distinctly Brooklyn spirit of small-scale community interactivity that can be possible in a huge metropolis. It also speaks to a shared love of the written word -- as do our many bookstores, public libraries, and coffee shops filled with famous (or soon-to-be) writers at work.
But in our increasingly digitized age, the form that books take has changed, and so has the nature of ‘community’. Our laptops and phones and e-readers allow us to withdraw into our insular spaces, changing the way we interact with each other -- and how we experience the written word.
The Hundred Story House is a piece of interactive public art. It is a miniature Brooklyn brownstone whose windows open upon shelves of books (about 100 of them) which can be borrowed by the community.
Situated in the Cobble Hill Park on Clinton Street, the House is a tiny lending library open to all and operating on the honor system -- take-a-book, leave-a-book. This is an effort to celebrate the BOOK as a physical object, and the pleasure of holding one in your hand. Or better yet, placing one in someone else’s.
We plan to install the House this Spring, 2012. Your money will be used to cover project expenses such as; materials, fabrication, transportation, installation, maintenance, removal, documentation, insurance, permit fees, and of course-Kickstarter rewards. With enough $ and support we would love to extend this project other parks in NYC. Below is a list of rewards you can receive as a supporter.
To learn more about The Hundred Story House please visit our website here. For general inquiries, press and suggestions contact:
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"The 100 Story House brings two of my favorite things together; public art and public libraries." -Katherine Lorimer, Goethe Institute, NYC.
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