Today is Ursula K. Le Guin’s 85th birthday! 

To celebrate, we are taking a look at Aaron Johnson and Michael Bixler’s artist book Direction of the Road (N7433.4 .L42 D57 2007 Cage) which takes it’s inspiration and title from Le Guin’s short story contained within it. 

Direction of the Road by Le Guin is a tale of perception and perspective, told from the point of view of an oak tree which must adapt to its changing surroundings.

The artist book contains an example of an anamorphosis image. An anamorphosis image is seen by the naked eye in distorted perspective. The true image is only revealed when looking at the image with a device, often a cylindrical mirror, which in this case reveals a large tree with two birds flying overhead.

And be sure to check out Le Guin’s other books in our collection here!