I present my newest creation… the armored book.
It was made by…
1. Getting hold of a cheap yet solid-covered notebook
2.Gluing it to a larger piece of 1/4″ plywood, and reinforcing both the front and back covers with 1/8″ plywood. The back cover is reinforced by gluing a 1/8″ plywood rectangle of slightly smaller dimensions to the inside of the back cover once the glue holding the outside back cover to the backing board has dried and fastening it in place with 1/2″ screws.
3. An additional strip of 1/4″ plywood cut to the length and thickness of the book’s spine is fastened to the backing board.
4. A strip of aluminum metal (cut from a soda can, in my case…as you can see it’s still a prototype) is attached to the spine strip and the front cover and fastened there to create a durable hinge.
This is, as of now, a prototype and the first piece in what I’m calling the Tell Me A Story Project. I envision a couple of durable streetart books mounted in interesting and varied urban locations working as a kind of narrative-net, collecting stories, musings, and doodles as they are used by passers-by. This one is mounted on Ontario St. west of the Ontario/Amherst intersection, so anyone who’s in the area should feel free to use it or take pics of how it’s being used.
Oh, and I’d like to take this moment to recommend that you watchBomb It- Los Angeles