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Book Sculptures

By: on September 28, 2012
  • Book Sculptures
  • Guy Laramee Book Sculptures - El Libro de Arena
  • Guy Laramee Book Sculptures - Le Pont
  • Guy Laramee Book Sculptures - Stupa
  • Guy Laramee Book Sculptures - Mountains
  • Guy Laramee Book Sculptures - Village
  • Book Sculptures

Guy Laramee redefines the term "bookworm" with his extraordinary sculptural landscapes carved from encyclopedias and other volumes of formidable stature and heft. Mountains, canyons, meadows, Jordanian rock temples, all rush to life with artistry intricate and awe-inspiring enough to make me want to buy a set of Britannicas to hack up myself the next time the Jehovah's Witnesses come 'round selling them. I wonder if Laramee could make a Fangorn Forest out of my Tolkien box set. I wonder why some people are born with great vision and talent, while others are born just...alive and waiting for a teat to suck on.

Some of Laramee's book sculptures are for sale in a trio of art galleries in the US, Canada, and England. Seattle's Foster/White Gallery currently offers about a dozen tunneled paper creations at prices ranging from $2,000 to $7,000. Be sure to check out Laramee's own Website as well for a complete gallery of his work, which also includes non-book-based sculptures, paintings, and 3D explorations.

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Internal Fire Glass Vortex Spheres

$100 - $6k from Internal Fire Glass »

Loooook into my orb. No really, check out a GIF of one of these Internal Fire Glass vortex spheres. The optical illusion is super trippy. And super... supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Glass artist Scott Pernicka handcrafts...

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Colibri Mechanized Kinetic Hummingbird Sculpture

Colibri the wooden hummingbird is a stunning addition to the world of kinetic sculptures. And DIY. And CNC machining. And gears. I don't really have anything more clever or insightful to say about it, because watching...

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OLOID Mathematically Perfect Desk Sculpture

$25 - $73 from Kickstarter »

Paul Schatz discovered the oloid in 1929. Yes, discovered. It's not just some rando geometric shape or ergonomically designed fidget toy. The oloid is a real piece of the mathematics puzzle, and Patrick Schneider's OLOID...

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Ascending Evil Climbing Skeleton Wall Sculpture

$236.41 from Amazon »

The Ascending Evil Climbing Skeleton Wall Sculpture is just in case you were curious what it would look like to throw a skeleton up against the wall in a hot blaze of passion and take it from behind. The arched back...

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Vitruvian Man Action Figure

$71.99 from Amazon »

A 4-armed, 4-legged Vitruvian Man action figure is going to be 4 times the fun to pose on my desk at work. And 4 times the trippy. In fact, factor in the naked and anatomically correct to his spider count of limbs, and...

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Dripping Glass Jellyfish Sculptures

Daniela Forti creates these sick jellyfish sculptures and sculptural tables that I would definitely break within 5 minutes of owning using a glassworking technique called glass fusion, and a physics technique called gravity....

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Slow Dance - A Frame that Slows Down Time

$249 from Kickstarter »

Imagine a club in Vegas. A go-go dancer. Strobe lights. It's a spectacle of stop motion animation, the fluidity of movement altered by the way the flashes of light play with your eyes. Now scale that scene way down and...

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The World's Longest Tunnel Slide

$15 - $22 from ArcelorMittal Orbit »

Virtual reality may be a rising star, but the ArcelorMittal Orbit is going all-out, balls-to-the-wall IRL this summer with its curving, spiraling, plummeting tunnel slide. Dubbed simply "The Slide," this 584-foot-long...

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Momentary Ink - Try on Your Custom Tattoo

$15 - $21 from Momentary Ink »

I wanted my girlfriend to dress up as the hot chick from Blindspot for Halloween so I could test out these Momentary Ink custom tattoos on her, but she was all, No! Absolutely not! I have a trial starting Thursday and...

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Self-Regenerative Wax Lamp

Everyone wants to be a hard ass. The Terminator. The Regulator. The Undertaker. Chuck Norris. Where's The Do-Gooder? The Helper? The Revitalizer? Relegated to the arenas of kindergarten classrooms and home decor, that's...

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Hydro-Ball Wind Spinner

$129.95 from Wind & Weather »

The Hydro-Ball Wind Spinner isn't just a fetching piece of kinetic yard art, it's a Daddy's Little Helper that waters the grass or flower beds so you don't have to....

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Steampunk Optimus Prime

$17k from Etsy »

My theory is that this might actually be Optimus Prime and this guy has captured him, found some way of disarming him, and is now trying to sell him. I don't know if I'd be comfortable sleeping with this guy roaming around...