Guy Laramée, a Canadian artist from Montreal, is doing something seemingly shocking with books: he is destroying them. Don 't worry, though, it 's all in the name of art. Some might protest using this medium in such a way, but when you see the final outcome of his pieces you'll stop questioning why he chose to carve books. He creates incredibly detailed landscapes and caverns by whittling a book down or carving through the interior pages.
The 56 year-old artist has dabbled in music composition, directing, writing, painting, singing and many other art forms. When you see his carved books, though, you'll think he was meant to do it.
“Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains.”
Instead of letting the paper book die, Guy is transforming the book into an entirely new creation.
These mountains are from a project called Han Shan.
Han Shan was a 9th century Chinese poet, whose name translates as “Cold Mountain.”
The scenes he can create are truly fantastical, almost better than reality.
Another series of his is called A Caverna (“The Cave”).
The caves he designs are both beautiful and hauntingly sad…
They are reminiscent of times past.
Another series, "El amor por las montañas", seems to focus on the beauty of mountains, something incredibly hard to capture but he does it so well.
Guy stated, “I carve landscapes out of books and I paint romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening.” Amazing! If you want to see more of Guy’s outstanding work, visit his website. It’s hard not to be in awe of his skill.