One man has decided to print out the entire Wikipedia and it’s going to take him a total of 7,600 volumes!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to print out the largest encyclopedia known to mankind? How much effort, paper, electricity, ink and so on would go into the process? Well, here’s your chance to find out.
Meet Michael Mandiberg – the guy, who is printing out the entire Wikipedia. Michael is a New York-based artist, who is on his way to transforming one crazy dream into reality. Over the course of the past 3 years the man has been designing special software, which will be able to print out the largest encyclopedia ever made. That’s right, he will transfer all of Wikipedia’s information on paper and it will come down to a total of 7,600 volumes. According to official reports, there are around 11.5 million entries up to date in Wikipedia’s database and Michael is planning on printing all of them. He has partnered up with the website Lulu.com, which allows everybody to print out anything they want, especially new authors, who want to self-publish their work. The print-on-demand website’s vice president, Dan Dillon, spoke out about the partnership with Michael and stated that he’s thrilled Michael has chosen Lulu.com for his project.
The artist doesn’t only want to print out the excessive amount of information Wikipedia is storing. His plan is to showcase the actual process of printing as a form of art. Thus, during his exhibition at the Denny Gallery, which will run until the 2nd of July this year, gallery visitors will have the unique chance to see for themselves exactly how much paper, ink and electricity is going into the process.
Not only that, but the visitors will also have the chance to compete into buying out the 7,600 volumes for the whopping price of $500,000.