Artist Creates Masterpieces From Old Books


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Brian Dettmer, a young artist from Atlanta, has always used unusual mediums for his art. Over the years, he has created works of art from maps, record albums and even cassette tapes. Five years ago, the talented artist began creating amazing masterpieces from old books.

Brian, who calls his art 'book autopsies' selects old, black and white hard-covered editions that contain a lot of illustrations. He starts by sealing the book, so that his 'sculpture' does not come apart.

After that, he goes about skillfully sculpting the book in way that its subject matter is apparent to the viewer without ever opening a single page. For example, from a 1940's book about eye surgery, he created a piece of art where the viewer get a glimpse of the eyes, the optic nerves and the surgical instruments all in one glance.

Brian, began experimenting with ususual mediums even before he graduated from Chicago's Columbia college. He first created art from enlarged Braille letters, then he moved on to 'chaotic paintings', which involved systematically sticking and ripping paper from a canvas - until it was a piece of 'art' - and now this!

His latest creations, which have made him world famous are carried by art galleries all over the world and sell for thousands of dollars. To see more of Brian's masterpieces, check out his website at,

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  • bwcamilia21
    bwcamilia21over 9 years
    thats so cool i love art so i want to learn how to do that. its so cool
    • edmodo-p4wdpuhqnh
      edmodo-p4wdpuhqnhover 9 years
      wow what you can do with books
      • headream100
        headream100over 9 years
        Oh my god, I love antique books! Why waste them? However, I agree that they are so creative in every way. But I would still like an old book, that's for sure.
        • otter
          otterover 9 years
          That is bad for books. Why couldn't he use magazines instead of books? Books are for reading! (True bookworm speaking)
          • :)almost 10 years
            • Mathabout 10 years
              I love ART!!!!!!!!!!!
              • peaceover 10 years
                Books, what did he do to those poor books?!
                • awesomesess
                  awesomesessover 10 years
                  that's pretty cool
                • Joyover 10 years
                  That's cool my moms a arts
                  • Matt Cover 10 years
                    This is so cool