|Book exterior. Image source: Folia Water|
A friend introduced me to this excellent project which aims to provide clean and safe drinking water to parts of the world that don't have access; the product is a book which contains advice and whose pages can be torn out to use as filters.
|Book interior. Image source: Folia Water|
According to the makers one page can filter water for up to a month and the entire book can filter water for a year.
|Book as filter. Image source: Folia Water|
I love the aesthetic of the book - the bound and embossed cover, the orange perforated pages with silver text. As this is a prototype, I wonder if the finished product would look dramatically different?
It is interesting that this book started as a scientific project, when it could have so easily been an art project - it's great to see how the two fields converge.
An example of the opposite - an artist whose work becomes scientific - could be Jamie Sholvin in his excellent project 'Various Arrangements' who used a mathematical formula to design covers for unreleased volumes of the iconic Fontana Modern Masters Book series.
|Exhibition detail. Image source: Wire Frame|
The project started when the artist noticed that ten forthcoming books were advertised but never released, so he created a loose formula to determine how the finished covers might look.
|Formula detail. Image source: Fontana Redux|
His 2012 exhibition at the Haunch of Venison exhibited his playful experiment and the book covers he has designed.