Sining Building Outside State Library in Melbourne

Sinking Building

The weight of the books has sunk this library. The top corner of the building is peeking out from the sidewalk.  The State Library is a historical landmark in the heart of Victoria, Melbourne. This curious piece of art was commissioned by the local council as part of the city’s art program.

This sculpture is a nod to old college campus lore about failed architectural design. While the original story is about the crushing weight of knowledge students are expected to learn, the myth has evolved to gyms sinking due to the weight of the water in the pools or dorms sinking because of the students and their furniture. It’d certainly be interesting to see different things halfway into the ground…

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