So we are taught to value books. The human thoughts printed on paper communicate what came from one mind into anyone else's. All we have to do is read. It almost feels sacrilegious to damage something like a book. Although its ingredients are cheap, the unique combination of words make it valuable. Rare books can be worth a fortune and are great investments. When something is old and beautiful, made with antiquated design, its aesthetic value increases further. Even if the book itself is out-dated and possibly boring, full of political incorrectness or offensive material, or one of several thousand still in circulation, we treasure these old examples the most. So why sculpt them? Perhaps it's a subtle way of testing the logic behind valuing paper and leather, even if it's unusual and rare. If it's your book, you can do what you want with it, that's certain.
Thanks to The Mind Circle, here's a collection of photographs showing us the cream of the book sculpting world.
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