Brick and Mortar Thoughts

The wall of books

Comments (8)
  1. prying1 says:

    BRILLIANT! It will certainly be a landmark that people will use when giving directions. “Two blocks past the wall of books…”.

    If you care about the soil you might want to throw a few worms in the dirt behind the books. They will love eating them and their castings make wonderful free fertilizer. But then you might have to rebuild it more often since they will remove your wall from the backside.

    Let us know how it wears as time passes.

  2. Fantastic! What a wonderful idea and work of art, not to mention a super advertisement.
    Well done, and great article!

  3. Joe Waynick says:

    You’ve built a nice looking wall that took innovation and imagination to create.

    Since the back is unprotected, how many heavy rains do you think it’ll take weaken the structure and cause it to collapse? I don’t see it lasting a full year without being sealed.

    Next time around, why not seal each indicudual book my immersing them in shellac prior to stacking? I think you’ll get a longer life and it’ll be easir to build the wall because the books will bond together as you work.

    Just my 2c, but otherwise, great job!

    Joe Waynick
    Bookseller, Author, Mentor
    Internet Bookselling Made Easy! How to Earn a Living Selling Used Books Online

    1. Nora says:

      Its actually been rained on quite a bit now and hasn’t shifted much. The only thing I’ve needed to do so far was add a little more fill behind as it settled some and tipped the capstone slightly. That was just a matter of taking the tops off, throwing some more fill behind and recapping.

  4. Mary says:

    It is amazing!!! I never think this type of works is possible. Its very very interesting too. Wastage things could be useful in this way.

  5. Mary says:

    It was a great idea. But according to Prying1, now I also thinking about your books. When worms will grow then they will eat them all. The beauty and creativity will gone then. Good looking the wall of books.

  6. Bluemels Retaining Walls says:

    This is the most unique retaining wall of all time! Interesting concept and when the books deteriorate they will make the soil around it richer.

  7. This is the most unique retaining wall of all time! Interesting concept and when the books deteriorate they will make the soil around it richer.

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