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Ex Libris 2009
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Ex Libris 2009

Ex Libris 2009
Cambridge University Library

Harry Gray
Ex Libris 2009
Bronze
Outside Cambridge University Library, West Road.

The sculpture consists of 14 bookstacks of 3 different designs arranged in a straight line. In the four central ones all the books can rotate independently. The title of the piece, EX LI BR IS, is spelled out with four pairs of letters on the second highest books in the moving stacks.

The publicity at the time of the launch declared that the intention was to create a ‘welcoming space’ in front of this rather forbidding library building (designed by Gilbert Scott) and to project an understanding of its purpose to those outside.

Harry Gray is a local sculptor with a carving workshop in Cambridge. He has a national reputation for innovative memorials. His work includes the Battle of Britain Monument on the Dover Cliffs and the Reformers’ Tree in Hyde Park.

harrygrayartwork.wordpress.com

Rhisiart Hincks, elinor04 (Nóra Mészöly), Jim Boynton, Bjarne Stokke and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


8 comments - The latest ones
lovestruck
lovestruck
Oh I would love to see this..MUST try to get the boat to Cambridge soon!
4 years ago.
Fortescue38
Fortescue38
Nice idea - I usually don't like modern sculptures, but I like thisl
4 years ago.
Graham Stephen
Graham Stephen
cool
4 years ago.
Jim Boynton
Jim Boynton
This is cool! And different...I always love to see different.
4 years ago.
A light writer
A light writer
Wonderful!
4 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld
Rabbitroundtheworld
I can't be the only one who wants to give it a little push to see what happens, can I......?
4 years ago.
Jim Boynton has replied to Rabbitroundtheworld
LOL! That was exactly my first thought.
4 years ago.
pillarboxcottage has replied to Jim Boynton
Actually, I wish I'd known that the centre stacks can rotate independently, because I definitely WOULD have tried turning them! But I only looked it up on Wikipedia when I got home ...

(There's always a next time!)
4 years ago.