Pinar's Blog Posts Tagged 'books' (21)

Artist Transforms Books into Exciting Sculptural Stories

Ships, monsters, and mermaids pop out of books handcrafted by Delta, Pennsylvania-based artist Jodi Harvey-Brown (aka wetcanvas). Taking inspiration from the materials themselves, each three-dimensional scene the sculptor constructs reflects popular works of fiction. Whether it's a calm depiction of an outing from The…


Added by Pinar on January 24, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Playful Book Sculptures Transform Their Environment

Madrid-based Spanish artist Alicia Martín first caught our eye with her incredible sculpture, titled Biografías, that looked like a haphazard parade of books flooding through the side of a building. Taking a look through her portfolio, it's easy to see that this artist has a keen eye for…


Added by Pinar on December 27, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Mountain Landscape Carved into Encyclopedia Britannica

Book sculptor Guy Laramée pays homage to the printed version of the Encyclopedia Britannica by carving into a 24-volume set of the informative series of books for his latest piece titled Adieu. With the physical publication of the encyclopedias coming to a halt after 244 years of…


Added by Pinar on December 26, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Deep Childhood Memories Painted Across Books

Rome-based Russian artist Ekaterina Panikanova uses open-faced books, carefully aligned with one another, as a large canvas for each of her paintings in a series titled Errata Corrige. Using old books and various antiquated texts, Panikanova proceeds to apply her dark markings across the multiple volumes of published words and images.

Like a hidden message…


Added by Pinar on June 11, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Massive Stack of Books is Sculpted into an Abandoned City

Every so often, we're reminded of how obsolete books are as functional reading materials. Time and time again the bound pages of literature are repurposed as sculpting materials. In this particularly large and untitled sculpture by artist Liu Wei, we're met with a massive stack of paperback books that have been dug into and reshaped as one entity. The result is what appears to be an old and dusty…


Added by Pinar on June 11, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Playful Books with Arms Spring to Life

Literary Slip

London-based artist Jonathan Wolstenholme's love of literature has inspired him to create a number of whimsical watercolor paintings depicting books with their own set of arms and hands. Rather than simply lying in a bookshelf, waiting to be picked out from a row of similarly shaped novels and read,…


Added by Pinar on June 3, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Ordinary Books Transformed into Charming Little Buildings

Dutch artist Frank Halmans transforms ordinary stacks of books into charming little buildings. For his series Built of Books, Halmans carves squares and rectangles into old textbooks and binds them altogether like a quaint little town made of rows of narrow buildings. Each quadrangle incision serves as a window or door. The artist is even careful enough to include a…


Added by Pinar on March 4, 2013 at 9:49am — No Comments

Storytelling Through Carved Antique Books (New Works)

The Garden

England-based artist Alexander Korzer-Robinson carves into antiquated books to create eclectic book sculptures rich with narrative. We've seen plenty of book sculptures over the past few…


Added by Pinar on January 2, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Spiraling Book Sculpture Reflects the Struggles of OCD

Graphic design student and budding artist Thomas Wightman crafted a beautifully intricate book sculpture for his major project at Edinburgh Napier University. The assignment, referred to as The Medium is the Message, required students to focus on a theme—in Wightman's case, it's "addiction"—and hone in on…


Added by Pinar on October 23, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Classic Fairy Tale Characters Crawl Out of Their Storybooks

Reading fairy tales can awaken a child's creative senses as they imagine the characters popping out of the books. With these Altered Books sculptures by Susan Hoerth, aka Raidersofthelostart, it becomes a reality. The Texas-based artist collects vintage, discarded books and…


Added by Pinar on September 13, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Thinking Man's Book Sculptures

Malaysia-born, Tennessee-based artist Daniel Lai, aka Kenjio, uses a visually captivating paper folding technique for his inspired book sculptures. Each book blossoms outward in waves of paper folded unto themselves, accompanied by a clay figurine of a man deep in thought. The sculptor's series of Thinker sculptures, echoing Rodin's The Thinker, exhibit…


Added by Pinar on July 30, 2012 at 2:34pm — No Comments

More Astounding Negative Space Book Sculptures

Melbourne-based sculptor Kylie Stillman expertly carves three-dimensional silhouettes of birds and plants into stacks of books and paper. Ultimately, the result is a reverse sculpture where the primary subject is omitted from the solid structure whose negative space remains intact.…


Added by Pinar on July 5, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Mark Zuckerberg's Face Sculpted into a Stack of Books

Whether she's constructing portraits out of socks and sunflower seeds or painting with…


Added by Pinar on June 7, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Mysterious Book Sculptures Pop Up in Edinburgh

With a growing internet community and a slew of social media outlets, anonymity is diluted and nearly impossible to achieve. It's difficult for anyone to remain a mystery, especially if they put themselves out there. Somehow, however, a modern day mystery exists in Edinburgh involving a series of unclaimed book sculptures with cryptic messages. Who is the artist…


Added by Pinar on May 18, 2012 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Suspended Books Magically Fill Swiss Tunnel

Romainmôtier is a small Swiss village that borders France. It is known for its modest population and picturesque town whose architecture is reminiscent of the Roman Empire. Like a small European village straight out of a movie, Romainmôtier holds a charming annual used book fair that takes place at the…


Added by Pinar on May 17, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Taking a Reading Vacation in a Book Igloo

Could this be the perfect reading hideaway for all the bookworms out there? Colombian artist Miler Lagos constructed this self-sustained dome made entirely of books, titled Home, for an installation exhibit late last year at MagnanMetz Gallery in New York. Remarkably, there is nothing holding the novels together…


Added by Pinar on April 12, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Metamorphosing Paper Artwork

Maps, encyclopedias, phone books, and old computer manuals are more than just obsolete sources of information for fine art photographer Cara Barer. The outdated publications serve as materials and subjects for the Houston-based artist's ongoing series of works. Barer molds old books that are no longer of any use into exciting hoops and patterns, turning them into abstract…


Added by Pinar on April 10, 2012 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Portable Tank Library Hands Out Free Books

If you're a bibliophile who marveled at the magnificent theater-turned-bookstore in Argentina, you'll get a kick out of the car-turned-library that can also be found in the attractive South American country. Artist Raul Lemesoff took an old 1979 Ford…


Added by Pinar on April 10, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

More of Su Blackwell's Enchanting Book Sculptures

Reading is a virtue that grants the mind to expand its spectrum of knowledge and imagination. London-based artist Su Blackwell, an avid reader, draws inspiration from the art of the written word found in books and uses that creative influence to produce her remarkable book sculptures.…


Added by Pinar on March 17, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

5,000 Books Pour Out of a Building in Spain

Artist Alicia Martin's tornado of books shoot out a window like a burst of water from a giant hose. The Spain-based artist's sculptural installation at Casa de America, Madrid depicts a cavalcade of books streaming out of the side of a building. The whirlwind of literature defies gravity and draws attention with its grandeur size. There have been three site-specific installations,…


Added by Pinar on March 15, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments


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