The Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition Project was formed as a protest and to commemorate the car bombing on March 5th in al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad. The street is the historical centre of Baghdad bookselling and is the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community. The coalition is headed by Beau Beausoleil, based in San Francisco, who initiated the project and called for a total of 130 Broadsides (the number representing those killed or injured) to be contributed by artists internationally to raise money for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). The Al-Mutanabbi Street Broadside Project now holds the work of printers from the United States, the U.K., Canada, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and France. Florida Atlantic University has digitised the collection.
The Tower celebrates traditional bookbinding techniques and connects the universal and cultural condition of creating physical and ethereal icons.
The Tower refers to the Tower of Babel and the myths surrounding the ancient city. Closer to home, North East landmarks fuse with ancient ziggurats, bridging the gap between past and present.
The Tower will be on display at Arts Centre Washington as part of The Sunderland Book Project exhbition of hand made printed books.