From the prospectus:

“At the beginning of 2001, San Francisco Public Library staff began finding books, carved with a sharp instrument, hidden under shelving units. Many of these volumes, eventually numbering over 600, were related to issues of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals, as well as AIDS and women’s health issues. Eventually, the vandal was caught and charged with a hate crime. When the damaged books were assessed, it was determined most were beyond repair, and were withdrawn from the Library’s collection. In an effort to transform this destructive act, the James C. Hormel Center of the San Francisco Public Library is offering to artists one or more of the destroyed books to create works of art. The resulting artwork will be exhibited in the Reversing Vandalism exhibition at the Main Library and other possible venues.”

Here’s the pdf application.

- Tucker Nichols [Tuesday, August 19th, 2003]


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