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Artist Uses 100,000 Banned Books To Build A Full-Size Parthenon At Historic Nazi Book Burning Site

The German city of Kassel has just become home for one of the most impressive pieces of art that we’ve seen in a while. It was created by the Argentinian artist Marta Minujín, 74, who has decided to bring back the topic of political oppression by making a full-size replica of the Greek Parthenon using 100,000 copies of banned books.

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  1. “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”
    ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

    Well done Ms. Minujin.

  2. The only thing I can think of that would make it better, is make it so you can check the books out of “The Parthenon” and read what was banned.

  3. THIS IS WONDERFULLY DONE. THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE TOTALY UNINFORMED ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST. NO EXCUSE FOR THAT BLITHE IGNORANCE NOW.

    I read “The Diary of Anne Frank,” in high school, and followed up with:”The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” I later read “NIGHT,” by Eli Weisel, and I keep up with the Holocaust survivor’s stories.We cannot forget History——— we are mighty close to repeating some of Germany 1930.
    Too close.

    A fine exhibition here!
    NEVER FORGET…..

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