Shhhh

2006

 

Shhhh is a vision of the near future. In this vision, most people don’t want to read books, and those who do, don’t want to pay for them. But the book – an advanced technology that took millennia to invent and perfect – is a resilient object. Books don’t burn easily, they mildew slowly, they’re too heavy to discard without trouble, the leaves are difficult to dislodge and unpleasant to chew on. So the books remain where they are and become buried, Pompeii-like; or they become incorporated into the landscape like Roman ruins, ignored or reutilized for different purposes than they were originally created for. People lose the ability to read and write for any length of time, but somehow they still sometimes want quiet contemplation. People still associate books with quiet contemplation. A park constructed of books, then, is perfect.