168 – Wagnalls Wheel Mandala

Wagnalls Wheel by Brian Dettmer
Wagnalls Wheel by Brian Dettmer
9″ x 20-1/2″ x 20-1/2″ – Image Courtesy of the Artist and Toomey Tourell Fine Art

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 What would otherwise be an outdated set of books now becomes a visual merry-go-round of images that flash before us, giving us the world in pictures instead of words.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I highly recommend visiting his site where he displays his passion for redefining and repurposing outdated objects into awe-inspiring, thought-provoking works of art.

Happy Coloring!

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