Guy Laramée book carvings were easily one of my favorite pieces of art of the year. The detail of the landscapes he creates is stunning and the entire series is worth seeing.
Laramée described his thinking behind the project:
Cultures arise, become obsolete, and are replaced by new ones. With the vanishing of cultures, some people are displaced and destroyed. We are currently told that the paper book is bound to die. The library, as a place, is finished.
So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes. 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.
See more of Laramée's book carvings.