I don’t know how exactly I stumbled upon this unique form of art, but both the beauty and message keep me coming back. Brian Dettmer, based out of Atlanta, has fashioned old materials into imaginative, obscure shapes, offering a new angle to old media.
Conceding to the drop in outdated modes of entertainment (books, videocassettes, cassette tapes, vinyl records, etc) to digitized formats invading our iPods and eReaders, Dettmer takes mostly weather-worn encyclopedias, obsolete atlases or broken cassettes and gives the publications one last hurrah as the technological age ushers them out. I have encountered many DIY projects that involve the deconstruction of books, and although I can’t bring myself to destroy a book, I can definitely appreciate the beauty signified in book sculptures.
You can check out even more works at Brian Dettmer’s site.