Reading In The Ruins

A pop-up depicting Walter Benjamin reading among the ruins of a city.

A paper cut out that pops up to be a layered 3 dimensional boxed image of a library partially destroyed in a German bombing raid on London in World War 11. Shelves of books remain standing, searched by several people. Walter Benjamin stands in the foreground holding an open book.  Benjamin was a German Jewish intellectual who died in 1940 while trying to escape the Gestapo. His writings have had, since his death, an enormous influence in many spheres of knowledge. In each generation, we read in the ruins to assert our humanity against barbarism. By-product of Notes from the 20th, 1998.

Pop-up size  9″ wide x 8″ high x 4″ depth