Artist Gives New Life to Old Books

For the folks out there reading the latest Michael Chabon novel on an electronic device, here’s something to chew on:

The Great Wall (Courtesy of Guy Laramee)

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.

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Andy Simmons is a features editor at Reader's Digest.