Artist Brian Dettmer carved out details in a set of encyclopedias and put them all together to form this delightful mandala-like piece of art. What would otherwise be an outdated set of books now becomes a visual merry-go-round of images that flash before us, giving us the world in pictures instead of words.
I am in awe and inspired by the focus and attention to detail required by Brian to make such a piece. He goes beyond ‘thinking outside the box’, using his imagination, sculpting skills, cleverness, and intuitive insight into the creative possibilities by just simply turning the pages of a book.
In his words from his bio on his web site:
The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge. This is the area I currently operate in. Through meticulous excavation or concise alteration I edit or dissect communicative objects or systems such as books, maps, tapes and other media.
I highly recommend visiting his site where he displays his passion for redefining and repurposing outdated objects into awe-inspiring, thought-provoking works of art.