Xi’an, China: The Great Tower of Textbooks


A café in the central Chinese city of Xi’an has become a place of pilgrimage for students after its owner installed a giant artwork made of books as a symbol of the crushing workload that many of China’s schools impose on youngsters. At 7.5 meters tall with a diameter of 1.5 meters, the hollow edifice is made of over four tons of unwanted textbooks bought by Li from a nearby university. Standing in the center of it and looking up, one feels overwhelmed by the chaotic and swirling mass of books.


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