Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Oldest Book

Ian Boyden’s Field of the Sky, a new art installation in the Whitman College Hall of Science, is a work in two parts: a book made from a meteorite and an abstract painting. The painting’s pigments include, among other things (such as cuttlefish), filings created when the book’s pages were cut.
According to the artist:
Field of the Sky presents a small piece of the Campo del Cielo meteorite … an object that has remained more or less unchanged for four-and-a-half billion years, that is until it hit the Earth … Bound, this meteorite has become the oldest book in the world.