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Artist repurposes discarded books as beautiful crystallised sculptures

Bothered by the sight of discarded books, San Francisco-based artist Alexis Arnold tried to give unwanted literature a proper sendoff by turning them into crystallised sculptures.

As a response to the rise of digital publishing and the waning popularity of print, Arnold dips the books into borax solution, immortalising them in a frozen state. The collection of sculptures, called ‘Crystallise Book Series’, laments ‘the materiality of the book versus the text or content of the book, in addition to commenting on the vulnerability of the printed book’, Arnold told Redefine.

‘The crystals remove the text and transform the books into aesthetic, non-functional objects. The books, frozen with crystal growth, have become artefacts or geologic specimens imbued with the history of time, use, and nostalgia’.

You can see more of her book sculptures here.

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Artist repurposes old, discarded books as beautiful crystallized sculptures
Artist repurposes old, discarded books as beautiful crystallized sculptures
Artist repurposes old, discarded books as beautiful crystallized sculptures
Artist repurposes old, discarded books as beautiful crystallized sculptures
Artist repurposes old, discarded books as beautiful crystallized sculptures
Artist repurposes old, discarded books as beautiful crystallized sculptures
Artist repurposes old, discarded books as beautiful crystallized sculptures
Artist repurposes old, discarded books as beautiful crystallized sculptures
Artist repurposes old, discarded books as beautiful crystallized sculptures

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