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The Permanent Collection by ge[off]

February 23rd, 2008 4:59 PM / Location: 34.940864,-81.02923

INSTRUCTIONS: Surreptitiously place a book of your creation into a public library, such that it will likely be mistaken for part of its collection.

2 in 1 task!!!!!!!!! You can't beat this.

This is awesome. I took THE PERMANENT COLLECTION and A REAL LIFE SECRET EGG and combined the two. The plan revolved around me taking a Pysanky egg that I created and hiding it inside of a book on Psysanky that I created. This was then left on the shelf in the library for someone special to find.

When I started this task, I set out to find a cheap book that was thick enough to hide an egg. I went to a thrift store and selected one and bought it for 99 cents.


I brought the book home. I was excited on getting started on it. I figured I would have to cut a rectangle through every single page to make the egg fit inside of it. So I drew guidelines for the rectangle and began to cut. Cutting your way through a book is one of the hardest things to do in the world! Actually is wasn't that bad. However, I did want it to be a clean cut all the way through, but I gave up that idea after about 5 minutes of cutting. It probably took me 30 minutes to cut all the way through. I then ripped up some of the pieces of paper I had cut out. I put them inside the hole to cushion the egg.


Next I had to design the outside of the book. I went with a pretty simple design. There is a common pastel green for the background. On the front is a picture of pysanky eggs. I titled it TRADITIONAL PYSANKY. The side reads, TRADITIONAL PYSANKY, SF0 EDITION. And yes, it is typed in Helvetica, for those of you who care.


Final touches included creating a believable call number, gluing the cover, side, and back on, and gluing the back cover down. I did not want someone to pick the book up and the egg fall out the back.


The library. Ah yes. Well, I simply went there about fifteen till closing time. I returned some books, then went upstairs to the oversize section. I chose this section because it is where a lot of the art books are located and I thought this book fit perfectly there. Part of the call number on my book is SF0, so I slid it behind all of the books with SF as a call number. And there you have it. It sits there, waiting for someone to discover it. Maybe they will be inspired.


To read more, or to figure out exactly what pysanky is, check out SecretEgg

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posted by Ink Tea on February 23rd, 2008 5:43 PM


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posted by Burn Unit on February 23rd, 2008 5:45 PM

dayum, that's a real official dewey decimal!

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posted by Blue on February 23rd, 2008 10:33 PM

Oh nobody uses dewey anymore. It's all about library of congress.

Brilliant none-the-less.

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posted by rongo rongo on February 25th, 2008 9:18 AM

Good job inserting the book in an unobtrusive manner, too.

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posted by Michelle M. on July 3rd, 2008 10:18 PM

You're amazing.

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posted by Amoeba Man on October 6th, 2008 6:57 PM


And I don't know if I'm the only one who noticed this, but there's a book right next to it called "Insects that Feed on Trees and Shrubs". I mean, that's a whole book on that.


Awesome task completion, though, love the 2 in 1.

Beautiful completion +1
posted by Xena on October 7th, 2008 1:36 AM

This is how I hid all my stink bombs in middle school.

Well done.

posted by cleaning duster on November 15th, 2008 1:15 PM

This reminds me of House M.D., hiding Vicodin in a book.