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Central Library offers extended hours to view “The Book Garden”

Long Bin Chen

SAN ANTONIO (February 15, 2016) —  To honor the closing week of “The Book Garden” sculpture exhibit by internationally renowned artist Long-Bin Chen at the Central Library, the San Antonio Public Library will offer extended hours through Saturday, February 20. Exhibit Hours will be: Tuesday and Thursday Noon – 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; group tours are available. Nearly 10,000 visitors have enjoyed the exhibit to date.

The artist, Long-Bin Chen, will return to San Antonio on February 18 to conduct a hands-on workshop with students at the Southwest School of Art. In the workshop, students will create one-of-a-kind book jewelry. On Saturday, February 20, Long-Bin Chen will visit the Central Library for a public demonstration and to discuss the process of creating his book sculptures. Patrons are encouraged to attend for a chance to visit with the artist as he shares his process and what inspires him. Space is limited for the presentation, and registration is required. To register for this free event, visit the events calendar at or contact Marcie Hernandez at or call 210-207-2614.

“The Book Garden” is a series of sculptures, appearing to be stone, that are actually carved from books, newspapers, and magazines. New York-based artist Long-Bin Chen is internationally known for his transformational sculptures. Using printed materials as his medium, he carefully combines the East and West by incorporating Asian iconography with imagery from other cultures.

The Central Library was able to host “The Book Garden” thanks to the support and of the International Relations Office and Economic Development Department of the City of San Antonio, the Department for Culture & Creative Development, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston, and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation.

For more information about the exhibit, please contact Caitlin Cowart or call 210-207-2638. To schedule a group tour, please call 210-207-2577.

Marcie Hernandez 
Public Information Officer

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