Book sculptures are one of life’s unexpected beautiful surprises. An old book is a treasure in itself with its crisp pages, and the distinct scent of time left pressed between the covers.
Some old books are worth millions of dollars, while others have wilted and rotted past their prime years. Instead of tossing out old books that no longer serve a literary purpose, some artists create beautiful sculptures from the actual pages of the book. Check out these 25 examples of some of the most incredibly beautiful book sculptures you have ever seen.
1. Cave In A Book
Unreal detailing with this artistic creation, which literally resembles the real terrain of a cave, somehow constructed from the basic pages of an old book.
2. Mount Rushmore Constructed From Old Phone Books
Here is one way to recycle all of those old and outdated phone books!
3. Mountain Carved From The Pages Of An Old Star Map Book
4. House In A Field Book Art
5. “Charon And The Door To A World Of Dreams” Book Sculpture
6. Old Book Carved Using Surgical Tools
7. Herb Garden Book Sculpture
The perfect way to repurpose an old gardening book, transform it into the magnificent flowers it has spent its life detailing.
8. Books Carved Into Landscapes
9. The Little Match Girl, Handmade Book Sculpture By Karine Diot
10. Alice In Wonderland By Susan Hoerth
All of the classic characters are brought to life in this old school edition of the fabulous tale of wonderland.
11. Book Art: “Great Comfort”
12. Skull Book Sculpture
13. Dutch Bookweek Written Portraits
“Each year CPNB (Collective Promotion Dutch Literature) organises the Dutch Book Week to promote Dutch literature. And every year a specific genre is being profiled. This year the (auto) biography is featured. This is translated in the theme ‘Geschreven Portretten’, which translates in Written Portraits’.”
“We’ve created some amazing images, which show the different faces behind the (auto) biographies. Anne Frank, Vincent van Gogh, Louis van Gaal and Kader Abdollah (writer of the biographic Book Week give away). Souverein made the artwork and did an amazing job creating realistic images.”
14. Massive Book Sculpture Depicts An Abandoned City
15. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
Yet another amazing book sculpture fashioned after one of my favorite stories of all time, Alice in Wonderland.
Interestingly, despite the fact everyone calls him the “Mad Hatter,” Lewis Carroll never calls the hatter mad, he only references ‘A Mad Tea Party’ in the chapter title.
16. An Old Book Transformed Into One-Of-A-Kind Art
17. Jacqueline Rush Lee’s Inked Books (Anthologia)
18. Mayberry’s Insects
Instead of letting real insects rot out the pages of this book about bugs, one artist created her own infestation.
19. Book Sculpture Floating Away On Hot Air Balloon
20. Meyers 19, 1906
There is so much detail going on with this creation, so much to take in!
21. Jacqueline Rush Lee’s Inked Series (Nous: There’s No Why Here), Transformed From a Philosophy Book, 2014
Jacqueline Rush Lee is an incredible sculptor from Northern Ireland, currently living and working in Hawaii. For the last 16-years, Jacqueline has used books as her main material to form exquisite works of breathtaking art. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including books, catalogues, magazines, and more!
22. Jaqueline Rush Lee’s “Endoskeleton” (Fired Book)
23. The Little Mermaid Book Sculpture By Karine Diot
24. Winter Fairytale Book Sculpture
25. The Book Of Life
Photo Credits: David Kracov, Guy Laramee, Malena Valcarcel, Guy Laramee, Guy Laramee, Malena Valcarcel, Su Blackwell, Brian Dettmer, Karine Diot, Susan Hoerth, maarten, Malena Valcarcel, Liu Wei, Maskull Lasserre, Jodi Harvey-Brown, Jacqueline Rush Lee, Brian Dettmer, Kelly Campbell, Jodi Harvey-Brown, Jacqueline Rush Lee, korzerrobinson, Karine Diot, Su Blackwell, Long Bin Chen