Insane Book Sculptures

Brian Dettmer is a brilliant sculptor from Chicago who is now working out of the Atlanta area. He began as a painter, but Dettmer has recently switched to a unique new medium for his work: books. Utilizing surgical tools, he carves out books page by page and transforms them into the gorgeous sculptures. Dettmer only carves out hardcover non-fiction books that would otherwise be thrown out. Out dated encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference books.

His work has been featured in all sorts of places: the CBS Evening News, The New York Times (US), The Los Angeles Times (US), The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Chicago Tribune (US), The Age (AU), Art News, Modern Painters, Wired, The Village Voice, Harper’s, Esquire and National Public Radio…and now iUMBC. He has had exhibits all over the world, and his works sell from anywhere from $4,000 to $20,000. Check out this video about his inspiration and the messages he is trying to communicate through his work. And be sure to check out his personal website, Keep on scrolling down for a sampling of his fascinating stuff.




About APC

Following his days in the Octagon, APC worked for an undisclosed amount of time tracking and studying a colony of Yetis in eastern Nepal (read more about his travels in his memoir, "Backgammon 101: Let the Yeti Win"). Nowadays, he spends his time in Havana fitting model ships inside glass bottles, and counting his gold bullions with his chimpanzee, Don Ultimo.
Currently Reading:
-Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
-East of Eden by John Stienbeck
-Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie


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