- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota-based artist is preparing to unfurl a mile-long book across a St. Paul bridge.

Sarah Stengle and volunteers will stretch out her chain of 32,000 pages of folded paper Saturday during the Art on the Avenue festival, the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/1up8sqB) reported Wednesday. The paper squares look like a book when folded and like garland when stretched.

“The book is made up of pages from old books, accounting paper, drawings by kids, regular blank paper,” Stengle said. “All of it is high-quality paper recycled or donated to the project.”

The community-based project got several hundred children and adults involved. She allowed participants to do whatever they wanted to their pages.

“It’s very different from section to section,” she said. “Adults are neat and tidy, and kindergartners glued at wonky angles. It’s kind of nice it’s not all the same.”

Stengle said it will take about 500 hours to fold the whole book. She expects it to reach halfway across the High Bridge this year and to the other end by 2015.

She said the mile-long book is “like a knitting project. It’s extremely meditative to sit and fold and glue.”

Stengle lives in St. Paul and works in artists’ books and sculptural objects. Her artwork has appeared in dozens of East Coast exhibitions and collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the Morgan Library and the Center for Book Arts in New York.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com