NATURAE LIBER AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE ARTS
Artist Rachel Marks
This new project in the Bridge Space at the Children’s Museum of the Arts creates an immersive installation in which families will be invited to see and hear the story of the unnatural forest. With each step into this otherworldly plant life, objects seem familiar yet peculiar. A once recognizable structure, the book, becomes overthrown with cutting, ripping, painting, sanding, and stacking, transforming to create vegetation, vines growing and fungi popping out of windowed portholes. This site-specific installation of a peaceful forest is completely constructed head-to-toe from donated used books. The viewers are invited to walk down the paper trail and immerse themselves in the tranquil and calming environment. Naturae Liber features tree trunks created from old book covers, a waterfall created from hundreds of attached pages, live foliage hanging from the ceiling, and delicate paper mushrooms growing out from the walls and windows.