Staring Down The Literary Abyss

by on July 8, 2015
 

All 56 of the installations at this year’s annual Sculpture By The Sea in Aarhus, Denmark were stunning. But Swedish artist Susanna Hesselberg‘s contribution ““When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down,” is the one that’s taken the internet by storm.

The in-ground illusion plummets a mysterious library deep into the earth. The audience can’t access the knowledge as it descends to the underworld. They can only stare into the abyss of lost information.

Attendees at Sculpture By The Sea stare into the abyss of Susanna Hesselberg, “When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down” (2015) / Photo by Claire Voon for Hyperallergic

Attendees at Sculpture By The Sea stare into the abyss of Susanna Hesselberg, “When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down” (2015) / Photo by Claire Voon for Hyperallergic

Looking deep into Susanna Hesselberg's lost library.

Looking deep into Susanna Hesselberg’s lost library. Photo by Claire Voon for Hyperallergic vis This is Colossal