720 - Architecture

Peter Gibson Smith, Artist

This is one of the sculptures in our collection. It was made in 2001. The place where it was made is unknown.
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About the Work
Another arch - allow me to explain: the largest children’s bookfair in the world is held annually in Bologne, Italy - a city renowned for its architectural arches. The Bologne Book Fair is the size of dozens of rugby fields - all filled (amazingly) with children’s books. And so this work by Peter Gibson reminds me of Bologne, with the added attraction that Peter has cleverly constructed the arch with books belonging to the Dewey library classification of architecture.
Lesley Stead of Paige’s Book Gallery for the Oct 2019 instalment of the My Choice exhibition series.

The arch is a universal form present in the architecture of many cultures and first appeared as early as the 2nd millennium BC in Mesopotamian brick architecture. This work is constructed of book spines of published architectural tomes, arranged like building bricks and blocks in an arched shape. 720 in the title makes reference to the Architecture classification in the Dewey Decimal System, the standard system employed by libraries to organise their books.
Jennifer Taylor Moore, Curator of Collections for exhibition 'Beyond the Frame', 2018
2400 x 1800 x 40mm
egg tempera on inlaid gesso, on timber panels
92 timber panels on aluminium support forming an arch of book spines
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased with generous assistance from the artist, 2003
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
03 Sep 2003



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