The 88 Book Project is an experimental, mass-mail art project created by American poet/mixed-media artist, Andy Knowlton. 88 unique books were hand-made and sent to a small town in the U.S., so that nearly every household in the town received a book.
The idea of the project is to bring people together through art and to add excitement to the everyday lives of the residents of the town.
The contents of the books range from poems, paintings, and collages, to children’s books, photographs, and comic books. Several of the books are interactive, and require the residents of the town to get together to create their own art.
The books were mailed to the small town of Lebanon, Kansas. Why Lebanon, Kansas? It is the geographical center of the contiguous 48 states, and size-wise, is a nearly perfect fit for the project. Read more about Lebanon, Kansas in this New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/02/us/02album.html
Andy Knowlton personally made all but six of the books in the project. Artists MomoCoco, Agise, and PhillyK contributed the books that Knowlton did not make. Artist JUJU was also a big contributor in the project.
Please browse through the photographs Knowlton took of the books before sending them off.
Read about another of Knowlton’s free art projects which took place in Seoul, South Korea: http://www.aweh.tv/andy-knowlton/