Reader's Digest 2016. Books, MDF, adhesive. 4900x5500x550mm

deconstructed airplane

Reader's Digest 2016. Books, MDF, adhesive. 4900x5500x550mm

deconstructed plane

Reader's Digest 2016. Books, MDF, adhesive. 4900x5500x550mm

deconstructed plane

Reader's Digest 2016. Books, MDF, adhesive. 4900x5500x550mm

deconstructed airplane

Reader's Digest (rear detail) 2016. Books, MDF, adhesive. 4900x5500x550mm

Reader's Digest


This commission is an accumulation of thousands of books, ranging from popular fiction to old encyclopaedias and self help tomes. In keeping with the film noir aesthetics of QT hotel, the book spines graduate from black to white and back again.

The work is a marker of our time:  a time when space comes at such high expense that personal libraries no longer exists.  A distillation of information: the accumulated material is condensed and packed into every bit of space on offer within the bookshelf.
The bookshelf acts as the framework encasing many discarded stories. Like the Arabian Nights, stories meld together, encased in the larger monumental story.

The title of the work ‘Readers Digest’ is a pun. The books have had to be reduced- just like holiday reading. These abridged versions are amassed together to form the hotel library for guests who are too busy to read.