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This Installation Shows The Power Of A Book By Distorting The Foundation Of A Brick Wall

Published 2 years ago

In 2007 Jorge Méndez Blake, a Mexican mixed – media artist presented his three dimensional installation called “The Castle” (‘El Castillo’). Blake’s work shows the huge impact that a book has to our society. His project presents a wall of bricks which at first sight might look like any ordinary structure but when you look up close you notice a single book at the bottom of the structure and it manages to curve an entire 75-foot-long wall. Laying there between the floor and bricks is a novel ‘The Castle’ by Franz Kafka. The novel itself is considered to be about non-transparent and often unresponsive bureaucracy and the struggles that lie within this system.

Franz Kafka’s personal life is the main inspiration of his work – this introverted author spent most of his life in privacy and just a small amount of his work was published during his lifetime. Most of his novels (including the unfinished ‘The Castle’) were supposed to be destroyed after his death by his friend Max Brod who ignored Kafka’s orders and published his novels anyway.

This is not the first time that Jorge Méndez Blake is inspired by literature and it’s impact to society. On his personal website you can find more three-dimensional installations that are inspired by different literary authors like George Perec, Jule Verne and Jorge Luis Borges. Check out the installation for yourself below.

Source: Official page (h/t my modern met)

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Mexican artist Jorge Méndez Blake presented his three-dimensional installation called “The Castle” that portrays the impact of a single book to a society

Blake’s work presents a single book at the bottom of the structure that manages to curve an entire 75-foot-long wall

Franz Kafka’s “The Castle” that Méndez Blake chose for the installation is about non-transparent and often unresponsive bureaucracy and the struggles that lie within this system.

This is not the first time that Jorge Méndez Blake is inspired by literature, his other installations  involve literary works by George Perec, Jule Verne and Jorge Luis Borges

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