Breathtaking landscapes and monuments carved from books

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If you can overcome the sacrilege of carving up big, heavy reference books, Guy Laramee's paper and binding sculptures are nothing short of stunning. He transforms heavy tomes into mountains, waves, and rock-face monuments.

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Even though Laramee is effectively destroying these books for his art, it almost seems as though he's discovered something hidden inside the pages, landscapes waiting to be uncovered. And in some of his sculptures, the ink is still visible, lending the appearance of strata to his newfound rocks.

Guy Laramee [via Laughing Squid]

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It certainly does look nice....but frankly, even if the reference books are outdated, I could never do that to a book. Even outdated reference books are useful in other ways. In my case, old psychology books (pre-1970) or 19th century history books give me insight into the prevailing attitudes of the time, as do my old newspapers.