Made of America: Bookcase Shaped Like the 50 States


Ron Arad is a masterfully diverse industrial designer, architect, sculptor and all-around experimental artist. He prefers to work in steel and to send strong (if strange) messages with his large-scale works like this magnificent, highly-reflective steel bookcase bent into the shape of each State in the US.


At the actual installation, this curiously literal work stands surrounded and defended by a series of much more abstract bodygaurds. What it is meant to mean is difficult to say but the sheer size and shine of this giant country-shaped bookcase speaks for itself.

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