Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee

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Julia Brenner
Jan 6, 2012

Stunning, thought provoking, and constructed entirely of obsolete encyclopedias, this is the work of artist Guy Laramee. As part of his series Biblios and The Great Wall, Laramee has carved landscapes and ancient monuments out of outdated reference books, elevating them once again - to art. If ever there was a crowd who would be interested in a project like this, I thought it would be you guys. Check it out.

These landscapes were recently featured on Colossal and I found them really profound, especially in light of a question we recently posed about using old books for artistic purposes. Laramee's work got me thinking about the countless outdated books, papers, and data that were once resources for millions of people, and are now languishing in a sort of purgatory of uselessness. Seeing such bygone sources of information presented this way is both beautiful and sobering to me.

According to Laramee's artist's statement

Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are.

Read More: Guy Laramee has a wonderful collection of work up on his site, much of which addresses man's handling of the natural world.

(Images: As linked)

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