Interactive Art Installation Encourages Writing In Library Books

Interactive Art Installation Encourages Writing In Library Books

German artist Christian Moeller creates a giant cloud made of 12,000 blank notebooks waiting to be filled.

Ryan Gerhardt
  • 10 december 2012

At Dixie College‘s new library in St. George, Utah, German multimedia artist Christian Moeller has revived the interactive nature of physical books in an increasingly digital age.

Through his latest installation dubbed Clouds, Moeller has created a living work of art that aims to continue changing and growing by leveraging the ideas contributed by library-goers.


Clouds is a 22 ft. high x 28 ft. wide silver bookshelf that houses 11,840 notebooks, all of which are blank. Students and faculty at the college can borrow the books for their personal use, just like any regular library book. However, unlike a regular library book, the user is encouraged to fill them with whatever they want. Users can draw, write, scrapbook, or in some other way contribute to the content of the book while they have it checked-out. They can then return the book to be restocked, allowing others to take it home and continue adding to it. In this way, Clouds can create an archive of the community over generations.


The installment is entitled Clouds because the spines of the books are coated in a varying composition of color that when arranged  resemble a desert cloud, viewed from a distance. The abstract cloud created could pass for a van Gogh composed entirely of books.

Christian Moeller

Photos by Christian Moeller


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