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The San Antonio Public Library welcomes Taiwanese artist Long-Bin Chen to Central Library to unveil his exhibit “The Book Garden.”

In partnership with the International Relations Office and Economic Development Department of the City of San Antonio, the Department for Culture & Creative Development, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston, and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, the Central Library will host “The Book Garden” through February 20, 2016.

Long-Bin Chen sculpture. Courtesy of the San Antonio Public Library.

“The Book Garden” is a series of sculptures, appearing to be stone, that are actually carved from books, newspapers, and magazines. New York-based artist Long-Bin Chen is internationally known for his transformational sculptures. Using printed materials as his medium, he carefully combines the East and West by incorporating Asian iconography with imagery from other cultures.

Long-Bin Chen sculpture. Courtesy of the San Antonio Public Library.

In 2014, San Antonio Public Library Director Ramiro Salazar attended the opening of the Main Library in Kaohsiung City Taiwan where he met Long-Bin Chen and was introduced to his work; which served as a public art centerpiece for their new Main Library. “I was inspired by the artist’s innovative use of books to create sculptures, as well as the connection of his medium with libraries,” explains Salazar. “It then became my goal for the San Antonio Community to experience the same inspiration. Part of the San Antonio Public Library’s mission is to make rich cultural resources available to all. I hope that hosting this exhibit will encourage a greater appreciation for art in members of our community.”

Click here for more information about the exhibit.

*Top Image: Sculpture created by Taiwanese artist Long-Bin Chen . Courtesy Photo.

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