Honeycomb hive book sculpture celebrates 400th anniversary of English library

Each laser-cut plywood component was slotted together without glue or fixings.

The honeycomb installation interacts with people as they walk past triggering sensors to make the books rustle.  It has been built by artists, engineers and designers from the University of the West of England with animatronics company Rusty Squid.

Andrew Cox, from Bristol Central Library, said: “We embrace the digital but we all still love books and the book hive is a wonderful blend of art and engineering, reminding us of the intrinsic beauty and love affair we have with books as tangible items.”

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