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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Brilliant!

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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

Wicked.

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.

Damn.

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.

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

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