Explore incredible worlds inside these landscapes carved into books

May 2, 2017 by  
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Laramée, who has an extensive background in the arts, is best known for his topographical literary sculptures that take anywhere between days to months to complete. His sculptures have depicted breathtaking landscapes from iconic Petra in Jordan to China’s emerald karst mountains. In an interview with yatzer, Laramée say that these works of art aren’t so much about nature as they are about capturing and evoking the feeling of the sublime and spirituality inspired by extraordinary landscapes. The sculptures are all made by hand without computer modeling. Laramée uses a vast array of tools from band saws and chain saws to flexible shaft rotary tools and sand blasters to carve small magical worlds from tightly bound book pages. Mountainous landscapes, icy glaciers, canyons, and underground caverns are all masterfully represented in his prolific series. Laramée applies oil paints, inks, dry pastels, crayon, adhesives, and beeswax to bring the landscapes to life. “My work, in 3D as well as in painting, originates from the very idea that ultimate knowledge could very well be an erosion instead of an accumulation,” writes Laramée. “So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint romantic landscapes. 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. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are.” + Guy Laramée Via Colossal

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Artist transforms discarded books into spectacular crystallized artifacts

January 6, 2017 by  
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San Francisco-based artist Alexis Arnold turns discarded books into sculpture in an attempt to immortalize some of our favorite literary classics. Created as part of her Crystalized Books series, the petrified objects speak to the rise of e-books and disappearance of independent bookstores. The books are carefully bent into dynamic and irregular shapes and covered with crystals to obscure their words, giving them the appearance of geologic specimens or forgotten historic artifacts. We’ve featured Arnold’s works before , but she’s recently produced many more of her eye-catching pieces. The artist makes her sculptures by adding borax to boiling water. She dips a book into the hot solution before bending back the book’s pages to the desired form. The borax-covered book is taken out and preserves its distorted shape as it cools, while the solution dries into chunky crystal growth. Related: Guy Laramee’s Carvings Prove that Books Can Transport Us to Incredible New Worlds The crystal growth obscures the text and turns the book into a nonfunctional art piece. Arnold sources discarded and found books , but she prefers to work with the literary classics or educational books such as ‘The Science of Wine’ and ‘Mastering the Art of Beekeeping.’ + Alexis Arnold Via Colossal Images via Alexis Arnold

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Artist Keri Muller Creates Beautiful Wall Installations from Old Books

July 26, 2013 by  
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Keri Muller’s artworks and installations stand out for their beautiful forms, and the fact that they’ve been made from books and other debris salvaged from the recycling pile. “I try to give the books another chance to tell a story,” Muller says. Her works include ‘Africa Reinvented’, as well as temporary installations found worldwide—the most recent being ‘Forests of the Future’ created for TEDx Cape Town . Her aim is to create designs and art from what is normally perceived as rubbish, provoking viewers to think about waste and materials in new ways. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa Reinvented , art installations , book art , eco artworks , eco-art , green art , green materials , Keri Muller , recycled art , Recycled Materials , TEDx Cape Town        

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Can City Recycles Aluminum Cans From the Streets of São Paulo Into Furniture!

July 26, 2013 by  
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Design collaborative Studio Swine has created Can City – an amazing collection of furniture made almost entirely from aluminum cans salvaged on the streets of São Paulo. Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves of Studio Swine worked with waste collectors in São Paulo known as “Catadores” to scour the city for materials. In order to turn their salvaged aluminum into art, the team built a mobile foundry that is fueled by vegetable oil collected from local cafes. The resulting furniture collection is a forward-thinking example of how design can stimulate new creative industries and economic growth. Read the rest of Can City Recycles Aluminum Cans From the Streets of São Paulo Into Furniture! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alexander Groves , Azusa Murakami , can city , catadores , Juriaan Booji , mobile foundry furniture , mobile foundry project , recycled aluminum furniture , sao Paulo , Street art , Studio Swine , sustainable design Brazil , sustainable design São Paulo        

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Alexander Korzer-Robinson’s Stunning Collages Reveal Images From Antique Books

November 1, 2012 by  
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Much like his contemporary Brian Dettmer’s work, Alexander Korzer Robinson continues the tradition of collage with his spectacularly detailed book sculptures. Working with preexisting material, he delicately removes layers of text to unearth the illustrations, charts, and diagrams in vintage volumes. Stripped of their practical value by the march of time, the books gain artistic meaning through his effort. As art, they become a statement on how we see ourselves instead of how we interpret the rest of the universe. “We create our own past from fragments of reality in a process that combines the willful aspects of remembering and forgetting with the coincidental and unconscious,” explains Korzer-Robinson of his work. ”On a general level, I aim to illustrate this process that forms our inner landscape.” Painstakingly crafted, his work lets us gaze into a constructed, dream-like representation of our collected knowledge. More examples of Korzer-Robinson’s work and hand-cut prints can be found on his website . + Alexander Korzer-Robinson Via Colossal

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Gigantic aMAZEme Book Maze in London Will Be Made from 250,000 Books!

July 17, 2012 by  
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Artist John O’Shea to Create a Bioengineered Pig’s Bladder Soccer Ball

July 17, 2012 by  
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John O’Shea , a British artist currently in residence at Liverpool University’s Clinical Engineering department, has designed a fairly stomach-churning soccer ball: he plans to bioengineer a pig’s bladder to recreate the standard sporting item as it was assembled in centuries past. If the project seems shocking, there’s a strong chance that’s what O’Shea is aiming for. He intends for the project to reference the “colliding worlds of human enhancement, the bio-technology industry and the global capitalization of sport, which have become highly contested areas.” Read the rest of Artist John O’Shea to Create a Bioengineered Pig’s Bladder Soccer Ball Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal science , bioengineering , clinical engineering , cloning , genetic engineering , john o’shea , liverpool university , pigs bladder , soccer ball

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Jonathan Callan’s Mesmerizing Organic Book Sculptures Are Swirling Masses of Color

June 11, 2012 by  
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Gary Taxali Recycles Used Book Covers Into Cool Art Emblazoned with His Signature Retro Drawings

May 7, 2012 by  
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Alicia Martin’s Amazing Book Sculptures Pour out of Windows and Into the Streets

April 9, 2012 by  
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