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The Art of Books

Who says the printed word is dead? (certainly not us, we say as we post these words online...).

If you have an overabundance of books, here's some serious inspiration for you. These four artists have come up with beautifully ingenious ways to make treasured tomes relevant again.

Brian Dettmer of Atlanta uses "knives, tweezers and surgical tools" to cut away parts of a book. He doesn't add or move anything in the pages--he just cuts. Meticulously. And with simply amazing results.

New York City artist Meg Hitchcock's work is equally meticulous but entirely different. She cuts up holy books, letter by letter, and re-assembles them into passages from other holy books. For instance, Amazing Grace (pictured here) was created from letters cut from the Bhagavad Gita.

Noriko Ambe of Japan identifies "pre-existing patterns" in books and cuts along those lines, creating rippling waves of pages.

Jill Sylvia of California also follows the lines to create her art. In her case, though, the lines are on pre-printed ledgers, and she cuts out every empty space. What's left is modern-day lace, which the artist then displays as-is or uses to create something else, like a scale-model building.

Makes us wonder what we could come up with, armed with an X-ACTO and a whole lot of patience.

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