“When My Father Died It Was Like A Whole Library Had Burned Down”. That is the quote that inspired and titled Susanna Hesselberg’s entry in the 2015 Sculpture by the Sea competition.
The piece, which looks like a small, square mine shaft encased in glass, is in fact lined with books with their spines to the walls and their contents pointing to the middle.
The song from which the work derives its title is about human memory and its role as an archive. The narrator pleads for the never-ending world to remember her. She considers death, particularly her father’s death and the resulting loss of his memories equivalent to the loss of a library to a fire. The library, which is buried underground, is evident to all who pass by, but accessible to no one. Check out more of her works here.