Five Luminous Towers: A Book to be Read in the Dark 2001

Carol Barton, Five Luminous Towers: A Book to be Read in the Dark, 2001; Gift of the United States Department of Education

Carol Barton’s residency at the Bogliasco villa in Genoa, Italy, was the inspiration for Five Luminous Towers. The artist visited many towers during her stay and looked at architectural elements that distinguish the various functions towers have served throughout history.

The book opens to display five pop-up towers, each illuminated by a tiny bulb, inviting viewers to a nocturnal reading of Barton’s poems. The reader is drawn into the life of a city, where the bells of the church tower toll to invite the flock for evening vespers and where a lookout tower serves poets and painters to draw visions from the vast profusion of stars.