’16 Million’ is a single-copy book, a memorial to all of those who died as a result of the First World War.
The preface reads:
‘Over 16 million people, including civilians, are said to have died as a result of the First World War
In this book of commemoration each person has their own mark
The book has 800 pages on which are printed just over 16,000,000 dots as a memorial to all of the people who lost their lives
Choose any dot: each is the story of a lifetime’
The book has been displayed in exhibitions, libraries, in poetry meetings and a gallery. It has proved to be a very effective way of visualising such a large number, so the impact has been powerful.
A poem by Ray Fussell has been written about the book and has been performed alongside it.
Please let me know if you would like to borrow it. It is robustly bound (by ‘Bristol Bound’ Ltd) and generally displayed open, with a copy of the preface nearby, so that people can turn the pages. Comments collected from each venue are recorded here.
16 Million book on its wooden stand. Each page has over 20,000 dots.
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