The Object Library

A metaphorical library dealing in found objects. For a month-long period the empty shelves of a closed-down public library were filled with found items, each with its own label and classification under the Dewey decimal system. Some of the objects were labelled literally – for example a broken food mixer in the Cookery section or a tennis racket in the Sport section – others were more abstract or metaphorical – the Romances section consisted of lots of odd pairs of shoes tied together and the Biographies section was made up of things found in other peoples rubbish bins. The Object Library was run as a working library for a full month. Members were issued with a library card and could borrow objects from the collection for a set period.

Installation, Littleover Library, Derby, 1995.