Pablo Picasso is credited for saying that “every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” While we’re not 100 percent sure that the famous artist ever uttered those words, that idea is the premise behind the recently completed installation Create and Destroy over at the library in The World Reflected up at Spalding House.

Starting in late August, local artists Ava Fedorov and Janet Tran began dismantling and repainting the library and manipulating the books in all sorts of ways before returning them to the library space in new places (and mediums.) The final product can be seen until The World Reflected ends on Oct. 28.

The two artists bask in their reimagined library space.

The two artists bask in their reimagined library space.

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