Artist Gives New Life to Old Books
by Andy Simmons
For the folks out there reading the latest Michael Chabon novel on an electronic device, here’s something to chew on: Books—you know, those paper things with inky words impressed on them—are not a lost art form. Don’t believe it? Just ask Guy Laramee.
While some people might discard their old tomes or employ them as doorstops, Laramee, a Montreal-based artist, gives them a second life as beautifully crafted sculptures. In the case of one work, The Great Wall (above), he even created a background story. It’s premised on the fact that the Chinese have conquered America in the 23rd century. Or something like that. I didn’t quite get it.
What I did get, though, was that the artwork, which includes books turned landscapes, temples, caverns, and more, is spectacular.
Try doing all this with a Kindle.