Artists transform vandalized library books into art
In 2001, librarians and staff at the San Francisco Public Library started finding damaged books, mainly related to gay, lesbian, and HIV/AIDS issues, shoved under shelves. The vandal was caught and ultimately charged with a hate crime.
“Rather than discard the damaged books, the Library distributed them to interested community members in the hope of creating art.” The artistic responses comprise “Reversing Vandalism,” an exhibition of more than 200 works of art.
Images, via Reversing Vandalism: Online Gallery :: San Francisco Public Library: Altered book pieces by Mary Bennett (top) and Gretchen Schermerhorn and Eric Bu.