The Book that Reads You
The 49 open leaves of the sculpture are identical – but the lines on the pages have no text. Instead of words and letters, they are made of shapes like eyes.
Books can be a means of revelation and transform people’s lives, but sometimes they are considered dangerous. In 1520, Cardinal Wolsey banned Martin Luther’s writings, and ordered them to be burned outside Great St Mary’s church – where the sculpture stands now. The Book that Reads You is Mocan’s tribute to the Bible, and its authority was a key part of the Reformation – which is the origin of the phrase sola scriptura.