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What do you do with an outdated encyclopedia in the information age? With X-Acto knives and an eye for a good remix, artist Brian Dettmer makes beautiful, unexpected sculptures that breathe new life into old books.

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27 Replies to “Brian Dettmer: Old books reborn as intricate art”

  1. I ”up-cycle” old torn up books as well …. Where I draw the line is the Bible…I dont cut up or deface God’s Voice manifested on paper

  2. Holy S__it. The ability of the creative mind – here – I can't understand it. This absolutely blows my mind. You are indeed a treasure.

  3. The artist is the avatar of the books. He releases their inner beauty…blank canvases are haunted as well.

  4. I am so truly inspired by your art! My hands just want to touch those books and feel their story of becoming. Thank you for sharing what you love.

  5. Paper knowledge! Dettmer shows us how our brains are changing when our communication technology shifts. Harold Innis recognized this too! The bias of our preferred form of communication changes the way we understand information and how it's presented to us.

  6. the bible says that there are books in Heaven and that Father God even has a library and even authors to pen various works. In fact the Bible said there are books for many things like God keeps a journal of the people who love Him and talk about Him and there are various works that seem to reform things on earth. So…and my wife told me that babies find books fascinating. I wonder why. Is it because they only want to mimic adults who they see reading books? Or it could be that their young souls remember God reading to them and what have you. Just something to think about.

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