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Design

Visual Alphabet with Books

May 29, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Design student Sónia Lamêra of Portugal designed this fun alphabet using photographs of old books stood on end.

Update: Via Facebook I just learned about a similar project by design student Bryan Ku who made this poster for the Festival of Books. (thnx, edsel!)

 

 



Art

Tower of Babel Built with 30,000 Books

May 17, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Argentinian conceptual artist Marta Minujin has constructed this massive tower of books at Plaza San Martin in Buenos Aires in reference to UNESCO’s recent nomination of the city as the World Book Capital in 2011. The myriad books were donated by libraries, readers, and over 50 embassies around the world and the structure can be climbed through May 28th after which it will be dismantled. Photos linked to their sources. (via flavorwire)

 

 



Art

Book and paper sculptures by Noriko Ambe

May 16, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Noriko Ambe creates intricate sculptures using books and layered paper. Born in Saitama, Japan, 1967 she currently lives and works in New York. Thanks to Elizabeth at Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin for helping me wrangle the images above. See even more of her work over at Scai the Bathhouse. (via spoon and tamago)

 

 



Art Design

Stop the Violence Book

April 20, 2011

Christopher Jobson

The founder of design firm Thirst/Chicago, Rick Valicenti recently art directed this incredible book using the photography of Francois Robert from his series Stop the Violence. Each spread features an individual letter from the alphabet—compositions made of human bones arranged by Robert—in juxtaposition with a page from President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech from 2009. I just got my copy in the mail and the book is truly stunning. It’s 36 pages and over a foot tall. How much would you be willing to pay for such a killer publication? It’s free. Whoops, looks like you folks snapped up the last few copies. Published by Classic Color.

 

 



Design

Customized book side tables

April 14, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Provide the dimensions of your favorite stack of books to San Francisco-based furniture maker Jane Dandy, and she’ll create a wooden side table that perfectly encases them. (via svpply)

 

 



Art

Meg Hitchcock

April 5, 2011

Christopher Jobson

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Brooklyn-based artist Meg Hitchock dissects religious texts such as the Bible, Koran, and Torah and uses the individual letters to create maddeningly complex, interwoven collages of typography. Via her artist statement:

In my series Mantras & Meditations, I examine and deconstruct the word of God as interpreted through the world religions. I select passages from holy books and cut the letters from one passage to form the text of another. For example, I may cut up a passage from the Old Testament of the Bible and reassemble it as a passage from the Bhagavad Gita, or I may use type from the Torah to recreate an ancient Tantric text. A continuous line of text forms the words and sentences in a run-on manner, without spaces or punctuation, creating a visual mantra of devotion.

In her most recent work at Famous Accountants Hitchcock spent 135 hours transcribing (gluing tens of thousands of letters, ahem) the entire Book of Revelation, the last book of the Christian New Testament, but with text cut out from an English translation of the Koran. And if 135 hours seems like a lot, she began cutting the individual letters for the installation almost six months before its opening. The text ran across gallery walls and floors like an endless rope of words. See video of that piece as well as a brief interview here:

I can’t decide if I’m more impressed with her artwork or simply what must be her incredible patience. See more of her work here. (via hyperallergic)

 

 

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