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A participatory art installation, a library, and a monument to books, made with 50,000 books that can be removed from its walls.
A participatory art installation, a library, and a monument to books, made with 50,000 books that can be removed from its walls.
198 backers pledged $11,207 to help bring this project to life.

A SMASHING Success

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It's hard to put into words what we experienced this weekend. 

We opened Lacuna's doors at 10am on Saturday and within minutes the entire space at MLK Civic Center Park was packed with people of all walks of life who were beyond ecstatic. In nooks and crannies everywhere were people reading books quietly, or reading to each other, or discussing books, or discussing the merits of printed versus digital, or... etc. etc. It really was a gathering of minds, and Lacuna was its center. 

By 6pm when we shut down Lacuna for the night, its walls were close to bare. Some hoped that we would re-line the shelves so they could come back for more; had we more time and resources, we could conceivably build a year-round Lacuna. It's that powerful. 

Thank you fantastic Kickstarter backers for helping us pull this off. Thank you Burning Man for giving us a grant. Thank you amazing volunteers for putting in all hours...down to the very last hours...to make Lacuna spectacular. Thank you to the Internet Archive for its generous donation of books and warehouse space and machinery, to the Bay Area Book Festival for its vision and incredible platform, and finally, to the FLUX Foundation for designing and building this unique and beautiful art piece and civic space that has delighted and touched many lives, and surpassed all expectations.

Tonight, Lacuna volunteers and the FLUX Foundation crew will take Lacuna down and store its pieces away until we mount it again at a place and time as of now unknown. But after seeing what we saw this weekend, we know that unknown will reveal itself very soon. We are so excited, and so ready for it. 

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Lacuna

Photo credit: Michael Hitchner. (www.mhitchner.com)
Photo credit: Michael Hitchner. (www.mhitchner.com)
Photo credit: Michael Hitchner. (www.mhitchner.com)
Photo credit: Michael Hitchner. (www.mhitchner.com)
Photo credit: Michael Hitchner. (www.mhitchner.com)
Photo credit: Michael Hitchner. (www.mhitchner.com)
Photo credit: Michael Hitchner. (www.mhitchner.com)
Photo credit: Michael Hitchner. (www.mhitchner.com)

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