Saturday, January 9, 2010

Giving New Life to Old Tomes

WARNING: Today's post may shock you.

You know I love books. And you've probably guessed by now that I'm the type of person who feels actual pain when I see a book tossed into the garbage. (Yes, I know there are some really bad books out there, but still.) Furthermore, it hurts me to see pages ripped from rare books and put on the selling block, regardless of how artful those single pages are.

That said, what Brian Dettmer does to books is nothing short of extraordinary. And from what I can tell, he seems to choose books that have a limited lifespan—reference books, instructional guides, and text books. So, in a way, he's extending their lifespan by transforming them into sculpture.

The piece shown here is Science in the Twentieth Century—and it's already sold.

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