The flight pattern of books

November 29, 2008

Posted by Nick Sarno


There is a little corner in North Beach that has been under construction for the past couple of months. Every time I cross the street there, I have to wait for the construction workers to wave me through. And when they do, I have to hurry along because the mini bulldozer revs its engines just a few inches from my arm. I just assumed they were extending the pavement to widen the sidewalk. They weren’t. They were doing this:



The piece, by Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn, is made up of twenty-three illuminated white polycarbonate book suspended in midair. Etched into the concrete below are words that appear to have fallen from their pages, and all of the text is taken from San Francisco (specifically North Beach) authors, spanning the past 150 years. 


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