Old and heavy books always seem like a mysterious and infinite well of wisdom and imagination for me. That moment, when you pick up an old book from a shelf and wipe away thick layer of dust from it‘s cover, is full of magic. However, book is so much more than pages full of words.

I've always thought that it would be wonderful to give old books a second life. Some artists make it happen by turning old books, dictionaries and encyclopedias into admirable sculptures.

I found a few amazing examples of book sculptures, so I invite you to share the pictures of amazing book art as well. Don‘t forget to vote for your favorites too.

#1

Book Of Life

Book Of Life

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JeanBirrell 4 years ago

Beautiful

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#2

Cave In A Book

Cave In A Book

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#3

"Charon And The Door To A World Of Dreams" Book Sculpture

"Charon And The Door To A World Of Dreams" Book Sculpture

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Mountain Carved Out Of An Old Star Map

Mountain Carved Out Of An Old Star Map

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GillWood 4 years ago

astral

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#5

Carved Book Landscapes

Carved Book Landscapes

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GillWood 4 years ago

such skill

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#6

Old Books Carved With Surgical Tools

Old Books Carved With Surgical Tools

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GillWood 4 years ago

never seen this before

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#7

House In A Field Book Art

House In A Field Book Art

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GillWood 4 years ago

wow

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#8

Herb Garden Book Sculpture

Herb Garden Book Sculpture

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GillWood 4 years ago

so delicate

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#9

The Little Match Girl - Handmade Book Sculpture By Karine Diot

The Little Match Girl - Handmade Book Sculpture By Karine Diot

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GillWood 4 years ago

cute

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#10

Alice In Wonderland By Susan Hoerth

Alice In Wonderland By Susan Hoerth

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KathyRauch 4 years ago

How cool is that!

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#11

Dutch Bookweek Written Portraits

Dutch Bookweek Written Portraits

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GillWood 4 years ago

smart

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#12

"Great Comfort" Book Arts

"Great Comfort" Book Arts

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JuliePritchard 4 years ago

cosy

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#13

Massive Book Sculpture Of An Abandoned City

Massive Book Sculpture Of An Abandoned City

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GillWood 4 years ago

wow

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#14

Skull Book Sculpture

Skull Book Sculpture

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GillWood 4 years ago

nice

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#15

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

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EllenO'Neill 4 years ago

Lovely. A side note: Lewis Carroll never refers to The Mad Hatter, only The Hatter. The chapter is 'A Mad Tea-Party' & the 2 ideas elided.

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#16

Jacqueline Rush Lee's Inked Books (Anthologia)

Jacqueline Rush Lee's Inked Books (Anthologia)

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DiPhoenix 4 years ago

Would love this in my home!

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#17

Mayberry's Insects

Mayberry's Insects

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mariannaarmata 4 years ago

great idea and execution.

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#18

Old Books Turned Into An Interesting Piece Of Art

Old Books Turned Into An Interesting Piece Of Art

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GillWood 4 years ago

so clever

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#19

Hot Air Balloon Book Sculpture

Hot Air Balloon Book Sculpture

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RebeccaLescarbeau 4 years ago

I AM BLOWN AWAY by this art work and the people who too time to do this, they truly deserve awards, amazing & so beautiful, incredible job.

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#20

Jacqueline Rush Lee's Inked Series (Nous: There's No Why Here),Transformed Philosophy Book 2014

Jacqueline Rush Lee's Inked Series (Nous: There's No Why Here),Transformed Philosophy Book 2014

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mariannaarmata 4 years ago

I love this so much! incredible idea and fantastic results. Bravo Jacqueline.

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#21

Books Installation In The Municipal Library Of Prague By Matej Krén

Books Installation In The Municipal Library Of Prague By Matej Krén

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MattBushnell 4 years ago

is that real?

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#22

Pablo Lehmann - "Thesaurus" (21 X 15 X 19 Cm.) Cut-Out Paper 2011

Pablo Lehmann - "Thesaurus" (21 X 15 X 19 Cm.) Cut-Out Paper 2011

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VikiBanaszak 4 years ago

These are amazing!

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#23

Meyers 19, 1906

Meyers 19, 1906

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#24

Nouveau Larousse Illustre 5, 1907

Nouveau Larousse Illustre 5, 1907

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Gill Wood 4 years ago

awesome

#25

The Little Mermaid - Book Sculpture By Karine Diot

The Little Mermaid - Book Sculpture By Karine Diot

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GillWood 4 years ago

stunning

#26

The Paper House - Handmade Book Sculpture By Karine Diot

The Paper House - Handmade Book Sculpture By Karine Diot

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GillWood 4 years ago

cute

#27

Winter Fairytale Book Sculpture

Winter Fairytale Book Sculpture

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Pablo Lehmann's "Naked Book" (26 X 15 X 6 cm) Cut-Out Paper 2007

Pablo Lehmann's "Naked Book" (26 X 15 X 6 cm) Cut-Out Paper 2007

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JerilynBrown 4 years ago

Just wondering what all those words SAY?

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#29

Meyers 12, 1928 + Meyers 10, 1928

Meyers 12, 1928 + Meyers 10, 1928

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GlynisLailann 4 years ago

Interesting - sort of 'Brings Old Books to Life'. Love #21.

#30

Pride And Prejudice By Susan Hoerth Alter Book

Pride And Prejudice By Susan Hoerth Alter Book

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#31

The Boy's Own Annual 1894

The Boy's Own Annual 1894

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MVH1 4 years ago

These are wonderful.

#32

37 Butterflies In Their Prime By Valerie Savarie

37 Butterflies In Their Prime By Valerie Savarie

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Sarah Eggleston 2 years ago

Omg I adore your creations!!!!

#33

Mount Rushmore Made From Old Phone Books

Mount Rushmore Made From Old Phone Books

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KimWeertman 4 years ago

Brilliant I want one!!! Or two or three. Amazing!

#34

The Boy's Own Annual 1896

The Boy's Own Annual 1896

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#35

The Little Prince Book Sculpture

The Little Prince Book Sculpture

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#36

For My Beloved - By Andrew Aulenback

For My Beloved - By Andrew Aulenback

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#37

Traveling On The Lake Book Sculpture

Traveling On The Lake Book Sculpture

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4 years ago

Omg! So much skill :)

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#38

Book Portraits By Nicholas Galanin

Book Portraits By Nicholas Galanin

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#39

In A Dream I Dreamt I Was Ligeia By Valerie Savarie

In A Dream I Dreamt I Was Ligeia By Valerie Savarie

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DaneStephenson 4 years ago

Valerie's work is amazing. She has a flare for the dramatic, but in a novel way. Her methods are quite technical, yet very creative.

#40

A Stairway To Heaven Book Sculpture

A Stairway To Heaven Book Sculpture

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#41

Will You Marry Me

Will You Marry Me

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#42

Slashed Book Scupture

Slashed Book Scupture

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#43

Squall In The Sea Of Galilee

Squall In The Sea Of Galilee

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#44

James Allen - "skulduggery" - 2012 - Jamesallenstudio.com

James Allen - "skulduggery" - 2012 - Jamesallenstudio.com

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#45

Omar ~by Elizabeth Criss, 2004~ Residing At Los Angeles Public Library, Valley Plaza Branch

Omar ~by Elizabeth Criss, 2004~ Residing At Los Angeles Public Library, Valley Plaza Branch

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#46

Anagram Books Octopus

Anagram Books Octopus

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#47

Ellie And Zaira Book Folding Created By Marlene Marques

Ellie And Zaira Book Folding Created By Marlene Marques

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#48

Listen To This

Listen To This

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#49

Weeds - By Isobelle Ouzman

Weeds - By Isobelle Ouzman

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#50

Booklife

Booklife

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#51

Paradise

Paradise

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#52

Not Sure Where This Come From -- But I Love It

Not Sure Where This Come From -- But I Love It

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#53

Mrs. Durham Book Carving By Megan Shelton

Mrs. Durham Book Carving By Megan Shelton

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#54

Place Of Worship

Place Of Worship

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#55

Man In A Tree

Man In A Tree

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#56

Larousse 2013 By Pancho Francisco

Larousse 2013 By Pancho Francisco

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#57

Book Cuff - Rare Notions By Phiona Richards

Book Cuff - Rare Notions By Phiona Richards

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#58

Untitled, Kenji Nakama, 7 Encyclopedias, 50x30x50 Cms, 2011

Untitled, Kenji Nakama, 7 Encyclopedias, 50x30x50 Cms, 2011

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Tamera Gumkowski 6 months ago

Very interesting , movement and architectural feel , simple but so intricate !

#59

Lovers Made Out Of War And Peace. Allison Glasgow Fakepapertrees

Lovers Made Out Of War And Peace. Allison Glasgow Fakepapertrees

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#60

Jacqueline Rush Lee "Endoskeleton" (Fired Book)

Jacqueline Rush Lee "Endoskeleton" (Fired Book)

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Karen Turner 4 years ago

Heat creates interesting images.I love to watch how paper curls as heat approaches it before it is engulfed in flame....

#61

Artwork Done By Me With Some Hard Cover Books. London < Ont

Artwork Done By Me With Some Hard Cover Books. London < Ont

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#62

Moby-dick By Ariel Gonzalez

Moby-dick By Ariel Gonzalez

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#63

Untitled By Kenji Nakama 2011

Untitled By Kenji Nakama 2011

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#64

Self Portrait: Part One

Self Portrait: Part One

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#65

Untitled By Kenji Nakama 2011

Untitled By Kenji Nakama 2011

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#66

Pearls Of Wisdom - Rare Notions By Phiona Richards - Rarenotions.co.uk

Pearls Of Wisdom - Rare Notions By Phiona Richards - Rarenotions.co.uk

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#67

Ar-15 Made From Childrens Books ©rossa Cole, 2014

Ar-15 Made From Childrens Books ©rossa Cole, 2014

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#68

Mondriaan And Psyche

Mondriaan And Psyche

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#69

Something About Cake

Something About Cake

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#70

Nevermore - Alex Queral

Nevermore - Alex Queral

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#71

The Acient Highway By Deborah Foutch

The Acient Highway By Deborah Foutch

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#72

The Canyon Flowers

The Canyon Flowers

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#73

Bibliotheken Bauen

Bibliotheken Bauen

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#74

Butterfly Flag

Butterfly Flag

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#75

Book Of Clay

Book Of Clay

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#76

John Sager "hagia Sophia" (36" X 19" X 10") -- Altered Book With Books, Cast Iron Barndoor Trol

John Sager "hagia Sophia" (36" X 19" X 10") -- Altered Book With Books, Cast Iron Barndoor Trol

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#77

Altered Book Sculpture By Mademeathens Based On "great Expectations"

Altered Book Sculpture By Mademeathens Based On "great Expectations"

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#78

nurture Ii Compressed Annual Reports, 2m High, Cultured Fungi

nurture Ii Compressed Annual Reports, 2m High, Cultured Fungi

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