Since no one actually reads the printed word anymore, the Charleston Volunteers for Literacy have figured out something else to do with the ancient artifacts otherwise known as books: They’re turning them into a sculpture. And they’ve hired local artist Karl Beckwith Smith to do it.

He’ll begin work on the sculpture, called Bookzilla, Oct. 4 in front of the Gaillard Auditorium. The Bookzilla project is intended to promote Book Buddies, a program for students reading below grade level in local schools.

“By creating a large sculpture using discarded and unwanted books, I hope to draw attention to the books’ endangered status and the commendable effort being made here in Charleston to make sure that all our young people have the opportunity and ability to read,” Smith says. “At least temporarily, these books will escape their eventual trip to the landfill.”

Conveniently, Smith is building Bookzilla the same week as the Friends of the Library Book Sale, so you can check it out then. See for more info.