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‘Book Surgeon’ Uses Surgical Tools To Make Incredible Book Sculptures
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‘Book Surgeon’ Uses Surgical Tools To Make Incredible Book Sculptures

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Brian Dettmer, a New York-based artist known as the Book Surgeon, uses tweezers, knives, scalpels, and other surgical tools to dissect and carve old books into intricate and beautiful sculptures.

Dettmer’s paper art has a sort of old-school touch to it because he uses vintage books – maps, encyclopedias, textbooks, manuals, and any other sort of literature that he can turn into an interesting work of art.

Although his creative process does end up destroying (or adding to, depending on how you look at it) someone else’s unique artwork, Dettmer has a different take on it; “My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed sculpture art pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.

More info: briandettmer.comFlickr (h/t: mymodernmet)

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There is a beast with heart of cold stone that dashes like lightning, shreds flesh from bone. // Bewitched by this beast, I fell to my knees. My mouth babbled madness and mumbled soft pleas. // I stared down the ravenous, gnashing dark maw of a cute cuddly kitten with yarn in its paw

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There is a beast with heart of cold stone that dashes like lightning, shreds flesh from bone. // Bewitched by this beast, I fell to my knees. My mouth babbled madness and mumbled soft pleas. // I stared down the ravenous, gnashing dark maw of a cute cuddly kitten with yarn in its paw

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KristinPedemonti
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing altered ART. As a former Librarian, I don't it's travesty; many old books end up in landfills or on shelves in developing world.

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KristinPedemonti
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing transformations. It is OK to alter books into art; chances are many of these would've ended up in a landfill, better as ART!

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KristinPedemonti
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing altered ART. As a former Librarian, I don't it's travesty; many old books end up in landfills or on shelves in developing world.

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KristinPedemonti
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing transformations. It is OK to alter books into art; chances are many of these would've ended up in a landfill, better as ART!

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