I’ve seen a lot of these type of things done. I find them beautiful- fully as beautiful as the original book itself. A lot of people feel that it’s wrong to destroy a book like this. What do you think?:
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Battle of the Five Armies
(Image from Fartoomanyideas.com)
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3 thoughts on “Wednesday Wanderings: Art from Books, Shakespeare in Miniature, Strange Twitter Battle, and Tolkien Re-enactors”
Making art from actual books puzzles me. Other than intent, there is no difference between this and book burning. Yes, a new, possibly artistic thing is created, but the book itself is destroyed and its original purpose cannot be fulfilled.
If destroying books is wrong, then this is wrong. If books are merely a method of transmission and it is the ideas people try to stop by destroying them, this repurposing may have merit that separates it from burning. It’s a low-tech version of, “You can’t stop the signal, Mal,” from Serenity.
I see a difference between this and book burning. Burning destroys the book, completely and finally. This sort of art has the possibility of awakening someone to the wonder of the content who may not have found it otherwise. Because unless we are talking about a rare, one-of-a-kind edition, copies of just about any book are readily found. And if someone says: “Wow! That is beautiful. I need to find out what inspired that.” And then goes out and finds that book, that is a good thing.
I guess, to me, things like this are like multimedia art forms.
I agree. My point is that many freak out over book burning but hail this as art. Much in the same way people try to devalue digital books in favor of paper and ink. There is no virtue in the materials, only the content.
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