MT. VERNON - The deadline to lend a book to an art installation at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts is approaching.
Local book lovers have until May 19 to let artist Franklin "Buzz" Spector borrow their books for an art installation that will be held at the Mitchell Museum at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.
"Book collection is going great," said Cedarhurst Director of Communications Sarah Sledge. "There has been a lot of interest and interesting questions about the book collection for the art sculpture, and the variety is just amazing. The variety of the types of books, content, what people feel that they're wanting make a statement."
Spector is dean of the College and Graduate School of Art and the Jane Reuter Hitzeman and Herbert F. Hitzeman, Jr. Professor of Art for the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louise. He has a goal of 1,000 books for the installation, Sledge said.
Books must be no smaller than 8" by 5" and no larger than 11" by 8". Hardback and paperback books and books with jackets will be accepted. All books must be labeled with the owner's name, address and phone number, and must be reclaimed by the owners after July 21.
Spector will create a book plate for each book that is used in the project.
Books are being accepted at the reception area of the Mitchell Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Phase two of "Brave New World: The Art of the Book in the Digital Age" will open May 19 and continue through July 21.