This Artist Turned The Entirety Of James Joyce’s "Ulysses" Into A Forest Of Words

LA based artist Charlene Matthews took on the task of literally raising up the prose of this monumental tome and the result is incredible.

1. Charlene Matthews, a Los Angeles based artist and bookbinder, set out on October 30, 2011 to write the entirety of the first edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses, typos and all, on seven foot by two inch wooden ship dowels.

2. The book contains approximately 265,000 words.

3. The artist predicted that there would be 38 poles in total.

4. The poles were lightly washed and sanded before she began.

5. Here are 30 of the poles without sheaths with a didgereedoo for size.

9. Here’s the last pole that Matthews finished on October 30, 2013 after two years of work. Joyce finished Ulysses on October 30, 1921 after seven years of work.

10. In the gallery proposal, the viewer is directed to move through the poles as though they were walking through a forest or grove. The individual poles work as a kind of “tree,” allowing you to physically walk through the prose.

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