From useful to beautiful

I like seeing the creative ways things sometimes get reused (take a look at these homes made from water towers), and these sculptures are an especially good example. They’re made from out-of-date reference books, volumes that are no longer useful to provide accurate information but provide wonderful material for the “Book Surgeon” to create beautiful works of art.

3 Responses to From useful to beautiful

  1. modestypress says:

    Our neighbors are good neighbors who built their own house and are always improving it. They also keep ducks (as well as chickens). Perhaps their next project will be to build a water tower over their house and allow their ducks to live there.

    When I went to work for a library system, I was a bit startled to learn that they periodically remove books from their collection to make room for new ones. They call the process “weeding.” I will suggest to my local library that they upscale the process and call it “plastic surgery,” converting the books into works of art such as those displayed in your other link.

  2. modestypress says:

    Here is a challenge for you. It just occured to me that people don’t listen to what they don’t want to hear. An old maxim about this is the East Asian story of the three monkeys who see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. The Wikipedia entry on this maxim is excellent; nevertheless, Pauline, I suspect you can find and post in your blog something that casts a whole new light and insight on this idea.

  3. Karen O says:

    Those book sculptures were pretty amazing. And some of those water tower homes were pretty cool looking, too. Imagine the view!

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