April: New Mexico Arts, Santa Fe Community College: Prospectus #205 "The Books". View project details here.

“THE BOOKS” at Santa Fe Community College

“THE BOOKS” project consists of 17 sculptures (ranging in length from 4 feet to 9 feet) are placed on approx. ½ acre of land surrounding the walkway located between the Library and the Health and Sciences wing. All of the sculptures are made of steel re- enforced concrete formulations that I’ve developed over the years. This, combined with different techniques of mold making and casting, forms and templates etc., is what it took to create these 17 pieces.

This landscape resembles a ruins or archeological site of giant books protruding from the earth. You never see an entire book with your eyes, just corners and edges of books. It is in your mind’s eye that you see the assumption of the whole book. It is at this point that the viewer is using their auto-imagination to complete the picture of what is underground.

The general theme of this project is imagination. As Einstein once said “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” I believe The Books will tell many different stories to all who pass by. Stories told to them by their own imagination.

After working on and thinking about this project for 2 years, it has revealed to me many, many stories that I never would have anticipated in the early stages. Being the creator of this inter-active sculptural landscape, I feel that telling my own stories would hamper the effect on others. It is a tool meant to encourage personal interpitations of the imagination.

The white concrete finish has the sun bleached appearance of old bones you might discover in the desert. There is omnipresence about these pieces that I wanted to obtain. Man and knowledge are eternal as “THE BOOKS” are concrete.

- David Rudolph 4/30/2012