Books And Libraries As Art
A collection of links focusing on the use of books and libraries as art or in a creative way. Includes things such as sculptures, paper art, text into images, book toppling, books used creatively in photographs. Jun 15
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Origami artists have been transforming paper into varied, visually striking works of art since centuries. However, an entirely different wagon of artists has stretched it across the paper and is creating the same magic with books. Had these books not been morphed into unusual artworks, you might have seen them bedecking some landfill, a ditch or a waste-bin.
Artist Brian Dettmer Carves Old Books into Intricate Narrative Sculptures Brian Dettmer – Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the WorldMost of Dettmer’s focus is on books, favoring out of date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books and dictionaries. He begins carving away arbitrarily at the pages, letting the images reveal themselves as he moves through his process. He seals the edges of the books to ensure precision, which also transforms the splayed edges to look like a smooth and sanded piece of wood. Carefully extracting bits and pieces, he creates a narrative within the books’ contents, revealing selected sentences and images. The spines are bent and contorted to juxtapose different sections of the books together. No sections are removed or added, Dettmer simply works with the existing structure of each book.
For some people it’s castles with their noble history and crumbling towers, for others it’s abandoned factories or lost cities. But for those who enjoy reading, a huge beautiful library is a place of endless pleasure. Meet 20 of the biggest and most beautiful libraries around the globe, as presented by . You can find this and more fascinating pictures on Candida Hofer's book. Abbey Library St. Gallen, Switzerland
first image 'bookyard' by massimo bartolini, 2012 all images courtesy TRACK italian artist massimo bartolini has developed an expansive outdoor public library entitled 'bookyard' for belgian art festival, TRACK: a contemporary city conversation in ghent. bartolini has employed his creative, mixed media talents to develop a set of twelve bookcases installed in st peter's abbey vineyard, sint-pietersplein 14, the establishment originating in the middle ages. the sweeping shape of green shelves has been constructed upon a small grassy field, then moving up the gradual slope of st peter's abbey in line with their vines. the units are filled with books for sale by the public libraries of ghent and antwerp with the profits of these items to benefit the institutions. visitors to the exhibition may bring home a piece of the artwork, an object housed in the shelves of 'bookyard' by leaving a donation of their choosing into a small box supplied by the artist and the libraries.
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Chinese artist Liu Wei creates soaring skyscrapers and rising metropolises by stacking recycled text books atop one another and holding them in place with metal rods. The chaotic city snippets reflect the artist’s experience with the rapid growth of his hometown of Beijing. <a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/jump/Inhabitat/art;article=articlename;kw=content1;sz=300x250;ord=123456789?"
With the recent rise in popularity of electronic readers such as the Amazon Kindle and the Apple iPad , thoughts of “book extinction” have really seeped their way into design conversations. Italy-based Gartenkulter pays tribute to the tree with these beautiful planters made from old and disused books . By removing the heart of the book’s cover and pages and then creating a seal, the book becomes a home for a living and growing tree.
Reading a good book has always been a bit like entering an alternative world contained within their pages.
My mother died in 2011. I was with her when she took her last breath. In fact there was no last breath.
first image ‘the defrauder’ by jonathan callan, 2006 (paper and screws) jonathan callan is an english artist born in manchester and now based in london. his work is quite varied, however many of his works utilize books and paper as a sculptural medium. some of the piece combines books into large masses held together by screws, showing their pages and covers from the side angle. other works use plain white paper combined with glue or plaster to create a single form, much like marble. callan is currently represented by kudlek van der grinten gallery in cologne. http://www.kudlek-vandergrinten.de ‘seven volumes’ by jonathan callan, 2009 (paper) ‘neon’ by jonathan callan, 2007 (paper and screws) ‘for stuart callan 1962-2005’ by jonathan callan, 2005 (paper and screws) ‘mass’ by jonathan callan, 2003 (silicone rubber and paper)
Published Friday 25 November 2011 The Writers' Museum today (25 November) revealed the eighth instalment in the book sculpture mystery that has puzzled Edinburgh for months.
Those of you who don’t keep up with Edinburgh’s literary world through Twitter may have missed the recent spate of mysterious paper sculptures appearing around the city. Guardian article, 3rd March 2011 . One day in March, staff at the Scottish Poetry Library came across a wonderful creation, left anonymously on a table in the library. Carved from paper, mounted on a book and with a tag addressed to @byleaveswelive – the library’s Twitter account – reading: It started with your name @byleaveswelive and became a tree.… … We know that a library is so much more than a building full of books… a book is so much more than pages full of words.… This is for you in support of libraries, books, words, ideas….. a gesture (poetic maybe?)
A symbol of literary love, left by an anonymous artist at the Edinburgh book festival