OLD BOOKS GIVEN NEW LIFE AS ART

  Image courtesy of the artist and Kinz + Tillou Fine Art.

Image courtesy of the artist and Kinz + Tillou Fine Art.

Rather than see these glorious old books thrown out, Brett Dettmer looked for ways to create art from them so we could see them with fresh eyes.

First he explores the content of the book then covers them in varnish before carefully carving into their interior to reveal the story inside the book.

The image above, ‘Webster Two Point Oh’, is two dictionaries joined together to create “random poetry”.

  “Absolute Authority” courtesy of the artist and Wexler Gallery. “Totem” courtesy of the artist and MiTO Gallery.

“Absolute Authority” courtesy of the artist and Wexler Gallery. “Totem” courtesy of the artist and MiTO Gallery.

In ‘Absolute Authority’ (left) he created a “living document” and in ‘Totem’ (right) is a stack of encyclopedias carved into a totem pole.

You can see more examples of his fascinating work here.