After six days of hard work by artist Don Li-Leger and Friends of The Grove, the Encyclopedia House is finished! This sixty-four square foot “house” is made out of recycled encyclopedias and books donated by the community. It will remain in The Grove until the end of October, 2015.
Artist Don Li-Leger hopes that this installation will get people talking: “We want this project to support a culture of curiousity, interest and discourse about local issues. People are having fun with this art installation, and that is creating a safe space to talk about larger issues such as homelessness, climate change, neighbourhood development and changing sources of knowledge.”
For project supporter David Dalley this art installation is about imagination: “We have easy access to knowledge, but we sometimes have difficulty acting on that knowledge. I think that Imagination can help us unlock knowledge and transform it into action. I am hoping that this art installation will inspire us, as a community, to be imaginative as we look at what we know and consider what to do about it.”
Over the coming weeks, the Encyclopedia House will be the site of a number of events that promote curiosity, increase interest, encourage thought, and enlivening public discourse on a range of local issues.
You can see an up-to-date listing of events here.
In addition to the currently organized events, the artists are inviting other groups and individuals to consider using the Encyclopedia House as a site to host an event on a topic that they are passionate about. Please let us know if you would like to organize a conversation or a gathering at The Encyclopedia House and we will help you get it set up.
Click on the pictures below to see the construction of the Encyclopedia House.