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”.
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.