As paper lovers and design enthusiasts, books have always held a special place in our hearts, as they combine so many aspects of our passion, but books as art objects, or, art made from books, are a new intriguing avenue we’re excited to explore. The world of extraordinary artworks from artists and creatives around the globe, using the physical book as raw material or starting point for their creative work is astounding.
As the modern world grows more digital by the day, our collective relationship with books is changing
Once at the core of the information ecosystem, books are now being replaced with instantly-accessible information online. As the mammoth-sized encyclopedia book series of our childhoods are becoming the endangered species of the literary world, the discussion of the importance of a physical book comes increasingly more important.
Yet all equally intriguing – exploring the meaning of an object once representing knowledge, a symbol of ideas, and a gateway to imaginary worlds – in their own way.
Some of the works shown here are direct answers or commentaries on the dramatic changes happening to the role of books in our lives, while some see them as pure, raw material. Others give it new life and meaning through manipulation, while some cut or carve into it like a sculptor. Many honor the celebrated and beloved, literary art form by pushing the concept of a book into new territories. Yet all equally intriguing – exploring the meaning of an object once representing knowledge, a symbol of ideas, and a gateway to imaginary worlds – in their own way.