by Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Saturday 22 March 2014

Wiry Limbs, Paper Backs is a series by artist Terry Border, in which he attaches metal wires to books, seemingly giving it life and taking on the personalities of the stories within them. He already came out before with a series, called ‘Bent Objects’, where everyday objects came to life via the metal wires, but this time it’s even more interesting as you can totally judge the book by their covers.

The sculptures, initially, were supposed to be just gifts to distributors of his upcoming children’s book. But later on, he fell in love with the series and expanded it. Some examples of his works are Ian Fleming’s James Bond thriller ‘Octopussy’ holding up a bra in 007 fashion, while The Fantastic Four’s comic book tries its best Mr. Fantastic imitation, and Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ makes for an even better vampire than the ones in the Twilight saga.

‘A local used bookstore has a rack of old, mostly classic paperbacks that they sell for $2, and the covers are so great, and the used ones have so much personality, they begged to be made into something. There are always some people who find doing anything to a book besides reading it morally wrong (ha!), but the way I see it, I’m showcasing these books and their covers like they never would have been otherwise. I have zero guilt about any of that nonsense’, he tells My Modern Met. ‘I’ve made 18 or 19, but if I get by that bookstore and see an old, used book on that rack that calls out to me, I’ll probably have to do something with it!’

Via My Modern Met