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A House of Books: Architecturally Carved Literature

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For some people, a good book is like coming home. It’s a cozy thing to curl up with and call it a day, and a place to find quite guidance. Dutch artist Frank Halmans creates book based sculptures which look a lot like city based row houses – cutting windows through their pages and stacking them together into narrow architectural forms. He creates the works as a metaphor – one which plays on the idea of moving through things, whether that be a literary passage or a physical expanse.

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His series, ‘Built of Books’ uses hardcover texts – not necessarily memorable or exceptional ones. While many people have a hard time with the idea of cutting up old books, Halmans makes an effort to select only those which would be relegated to filling someone’s attic. You can see more of his diverse selection of work – including mural sized wall sketches and model bridges which he burns – at frankhalmans.nl.

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Via: designboom

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