Not only is this foreshadowing of what is likely to happen to me some day, but it is also an art installation by artist Alicia Martin.
Am somewhat horrified that five thousand books have been rendered unreadable.
Click on the above photo to see and read about her and her art.
Happy (but careful) reading.
Have a million books and no idea what to do with them (other than read them)? Here are a few crazy ideas. Anyone who can figure out how the book lamps are made, let me know – those are so awesome I might just try it. For more like these, check out http://www.offbeatearth.com/dont-like-reading-other-uses-for-books/ .
These book carvings by Brian Dettmer are incredible. Using a scalpel, he slices and carves books, adding nothing, only taking away. The results are like the image you see here; beautiful, impossible works of art. I keep trying to imagine how you would do this. How you would plan this ahead of time. Looking through the books, planning these sculptures in your mind’s eye. I certainly couldn’t do it.
I think part of the reason I couldn’t do it, other than the fact that I’m nowhere near this talented or precise, is that these are books. It would feel… wrong, somehow, to slice books up, even as works of art. I wouldn’t hesitate to have one of Dettmer’s works on display, but if I tried to do it myself I would feel like a murderer.
According to a February 2011 post by Karanora (http://karanarora.posterous.com/insane-art-formed-by-carving-books-with-surgi) , Dettmer uses tweezers, knives, and surgical tools to create these pieces. He may reshape or roll the books, or use multiple books, but the books are the only source of carving material. So what do you think… fabulous art, or wanton book destruction?