Dec 27 2013

Best Use Ever: Carved Encyclopedia Set

adieu-6You know those encyclopedias that you’ve been packing around with you from move to move for years? The ones that are so outdated you haven’t even thought of opening them since you wrote that report on volcanoes when you were a sophomore. Well there is a use you can put them to aside from burning them to survive those cold winter nights. You can carve them into a beautiful landscape to remind you of your travels to South America.

In one of his most ambitious book sculptures to date artist Guy Laramée created an homage to the printed Encyclopedia Britannica by transforming a 24-volume set into a sloping mountainous landscape. Titled Adieu, Laramée says the work was inspired in part by Encyclopedia Britannica’s announcement that after 244 years the would cease printing its iconic multi-volume book sets. The artist relied on his travels in Ecuador, Peru and Brazil to arrive at the final form carved into the book tops that gradually morphs from green mountains to grasslands and semi-desert prairies.

Don’t attempt this at home without first getting your parents’ permission and some exceptional talent for book carving.

Hit the jump for more shots and a video.

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