This past summer, conceptual artist Marta Minujin, a one-time collaborator of Andy Warhol, premiered a new piece, “Tower of Babel“–a literal tower constructed from 30,000 books in downtown Buenos Aires. The books spanned genres, ages, and–of course–languages, from Japanese picture books to English adventure stories to Spanish and Basque poetry.
As a conclusion to the project, the tower was dismantled, and the books were given away–spreading understanding, instead of confusion, across the city. “A hundred years from now,” said Minujin, “people will say there was a Tower of Babel in Argentina–and it didn’t need translation, because art needs no translation.”
October 25, 2011