Incredible book carving

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Take a look at the work of these amazing artists turning old books into wonderful pieces of art.

Guy Laramee

“[…] I carve landscapes out of books […]. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS.”
Guy Laramee
Guy Laramee
Guy Laramee
Guy Laramee
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Brian Dettmer

“The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge. […] I cut into the surface of the book and dissect through it from the front. I work with knives, tweezers and surgical tools to carve one page at a time, exposing each layer while cutting around ideas and images of interest.”
Brian Dettmer
Brian Dettmer
Brian Dettmer
Brian Dettmer
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Alexander Korzer-Robinson

“[…] an encyclopedia can become a window into an alternate world, much like lived reality becomes its alternate in remembered experience. These books, having been stripped of their utilitarian value by the passage of time, regain new purpose. […] I make book sculptures / cut books by working through a book, page by page, cutting around some of the illustrations while removing others.”
Alexander Korzer-Robinson
Alexander Korzer-Robinson
Alexander Korzer-Robinson
Alexander Korzer-Robinson
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2 responses »

    • I absolutely agree with you on that. I love books (especially old ones) and I don’t like to see them being destroyed. I do appreciate this art form itself though – the way it’s done is beautiful and really intrigues me. Perhaps it would be a good idea to do this with blank books or ones that are specially made for this purpose instead of old books, for the sake of book lovers like us ;)

      Thanks a lot for your comment and I’m glad you like my blog :) Cheers!

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