Cultural Sediment, a public art on the fourth floor of the Kaohsiung Main Public Library, was made using recycled books to mirror the world’s first suspension-type green building.
Artist Chen Long-bin has a talent for recycling and transforming discarded books and outdated magazines into busts that gives these publications new appearances. Cultural Sediment introduces two semicircular walls built from books. In front of one wall is a book sculpture of Bodhidharma, a Buddhist monk who faced a wall for nine years in a Shaolin Monastery on Mount Song before he internalized his knowledge into wisdom who brought Chan Buddhism to China. In front of the other wall is a book sculpture of Da Vinci, a learned representative figure of the Italian Renaissance and a genius who excelled in various domains. This artwork conveys to visitors that reading is a process of accumulating moral character, city culture, and civilization in both Eastern and Western culture.