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 Do you love art? Do you love books? Well, then this post is for you.

In my recent online wanderings, I've stumbled across a variety of incredible book sculptures. By folding, curling, cutting, and reshaping pages, artists transform old books into gorgeous works of art that celebrate literature.

Since the book sale is this Saturday, I thought I'd share this artform with you. In addition to finding your next read there, it's a chance to buy dozens of inexpensive, used books for craft and art projects. Why not upcycle a dated textbook into a whimsical piece of art?

Here are a few of my favorites as inspiration:

PETER PAN
by MarielleJL

Sculpture Peter Pan

 

TREASURE ISLAND
By PagesReimagined

Sculpture Treasure Island 2 

 

A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN
By LitArTure

Sculpture A Tree Groes in Brooklyn

 

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
by WetCanvasArt

Sculpture Pride and Prejudice

 

HARRY POTTER
By MalenaValcarcel

Sculpture Harry Potter 1

 

And a little more HARRY POTTER
By StorybookSculpture

Sculpture Harry Potter 2

 

ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
By WetCanvasArt

Sculpture Alice in Wonderland

 

And in case you need a hat for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party
By WetCanvasArt

 Sculpture Hat

 

GILEAD
By WordsInk

 Scupture Gilead

 

THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE
By WordsInk

Sculpture The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe

 

THE KITE RUNNER
By WordsInk

Sculpture The Kite Runner

 

DON QUIXOTE
By ThePoetTrees

Sculpture Don Quixote

 

CINDERELLA
By StorybookSculpture

Sculpture Cinderella

 

And a lovely nook for reading them in
By MalenaValcarcel

Sculpture Book Nook

 

Aren’t they beautiful? In case you’re feeling inspired to try your hand at artistic book upcycling, Provo Library also has several instruction books that can help.

Altered ArtALTERED ART FOR THE FIRST TIME
By Madeline Arendt
(2005)

 

 

 

 

The Repurposed LibraryTHE REPURPOSED LIBRARY
By Lisa Occhipinti
(2011)

 

 

 

 

 

Art Made from BooksART MADE FROM BOOKS
By Laura Heyenga
(2013)

 

 

 

 

 
Playing with BooksPLAYING WITH BOOKS
By Jason Thompson
(2010)

 

 

 

 

 

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