Artist Transforms Tank into a Mobile Library
Argentina has caught the reading fever. In February, the beautiful South American country transformed one of its most beloved theaters, El Ateneo, into a glorious library for no other reason than to help educate the public and stimulate healthy curiosity.
Taking his cue from El Ateneo, Argentinian artist Raul Lemesoff transformed a 1979 Ford Falcon, a model used as military tanks during the 70s, into a mobile bookstore. By weaponizing knowledge, Arma De Instruccion Masiva (Lemesoff’s title for this project that translates into Weapon of Mass Instruction) wanders the streets of Buenos Aries distributing free books to the Argentinean public.
Lemesoff began this project for similar reasons that El Ateneo metamorphosed into a gigantic public library: to benefit and educate the public with no expenses or costs. Lemesoff wants to educate his community through the sharing of literature.
The tank, which is always stocked with an estimated 900 books stuffed onto its frame, will be continually restocked at Lemesoff’s personal expense with the hope of continuing this project for as long as possible.
While interviewing for AFP, Lemesoff described his literary tank as a, “contribution to peace through literature,” and hopes to eventually expand the borders of this project globally.
Photos courtesy of My Modern Met.