At first, it looks like delicate works of carved porcelain are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls, and human forms by Beijing artist Li Hongbo.
A book editor and designer, the artist became fascinated by traditional Chinese toys and festive decorations known as paper gourds made from glued layers of thin paper which can be stored flat but then opened to reveal a flower or other shape. He applied the same honeycomb-like paper structure to much larger human forms resulting in these highly flexible sculptures.
Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo
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At first, it looks like delicate works of carved porcelain are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls, and human forms by Beijing artist Li Hongbo.
A book editor and designer, the artist became fascinated by traditional Chinese toys and festive decorations known as paper gourds made from glued layers of thin paper which can be stored flat but then opened to reveal a flower or other shape. He applied the same honeycomb-like paper structure to much larger human forms resulting in these highly flexible sculptures.
Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo
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At first, it looks like delicate works of carved porcelain are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls, and human forms by Beijing artist Li Hongbo.
A book editor and designer, the artist became fascinated by traditional Chinese toys and festive decorations known as paper gourds made from glued layers of thin paper which can be stored flat but then opened to reveal a flower or other shape. He applied the same honeycomb-like paper structure to much larger human forms resulting in these highly flexible sculptures.
Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo
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At first, it looks like delicate works of carved porcelain are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls, and human forms by Beijing artist Li Hongbo.
A book editor and designer, the artist became fascinated by traditional Chinese toys and festive decorations known as paper gourds made from glued layers of thin paper which can be stored flat but then opened to reveal a flower or other shape. He applied the same honeycomb-like paper structure to much larger human forms resulting in these highly flexible sculptures.
Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo
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At first, it looks like delicate works of carved porcelain are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls, and human forms by Beijing artist Li Hongbo.

A book editor and designer, the artist became fascinated by traditional Chinese toys and festive decorations known as paper gourds made from glued layers of thin paper which can be stored flat but then opened to reveal a flower or other shape. He applied the same honeycomb-like paper structure to much larger human forms resulting in these highly flexible sculptures.

Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo

Amazing Book Carvings by Guy Laramee
What the Artist has to say:

With the vanishing of cultures, some people are displaced  and destroyed. We are currently told that the paper book is bound to  die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might say: so what? Do we  really believe that “new technologies” will change anything concerning  our existential dilemma, our human condition? And even if we could  change the content of all the books on earth, would this change anything  in relation to the domination of analytical knowledge over intuitive  knowledge? What is it in ourselves that insists on grabbing, on casting  the flow of experience into concepts?
When I was younger, I was  very upset with the ideologies of progress. I wanted to destroy them by  showing that we are still primitives. I had the profound intuition that  as a species, we had not evolved that much. Now I see that our belief in  progress stems from our fascination with the content of consciousness.  Despite appearances, our current obsession for changing the forms in  which we access culture is but a manifestation of this fascination.
So  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. Piles  of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say  anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we  know, everything we think we are.

Book Sculpture by http://www.guylaramee.com/
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Amazing Book Carvings by Guy Laramee
What the Artist has to say:

With the vanishing of cultures, some people are displaced  and destroyed. We are currently told that the paper book is bound to  die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might say: so what? Do we  really believe that “new technologies” will change anything concerning  our existential dilemma, our human condition? And even if we could  change the content of all the books on earth, would this change anything  in relation to the domination of analytical knowledge over intuitive  knowledge? What is it in ourselves that insists on grabbing, on casting  the flow of experience into concepts?
When I was younger, I was  very upset with the ideologies of progress. I wanted to destroy them by  showing that we are still primitives. I had the profound intuition that  as a species, we had not evolved that much. Now I see that our belief in  progress stems from our fascination with the content of consciousness.  Despite appearances, our current obsession for changing the forms in  which we access culture is but a manifestation of this fascination.
So  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. Piles  of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say  anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we  know, everything we think we are.

Book Sculpture by http://www.guylaramee.com/
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Amazing Book Carvings by Guy Laramee
What the Artist has to say:

With the vanishing of cultures, some people are displaced  and destroyed. We are currently told that the paper book is bound to  die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might say: so what? Do we  really believe that “new technologies” will change anything concerning  our existential dilemma, our human condition? And even if we could  change the content of all the books on earth, would this change anything  in relation to the domination of analytical knowledge over intuitive  knowledge? What is it in ourselves that insists on grabbing, on casting  the flow of experience into concepts?
When I was younger, I was  very upset with the ideologies of progress. I wanted to destroy them by  showing that we are still primitives. I had the profound intuition that  as a species, we had not evolved that much. Now I see that our belief in  progress stems from our fascination with the content of consciousness.  Despite appearances, our current obsession for changing the forms in  which we access culture is but a manifestation of this fascination.
So  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. Piles  of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say  anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we  know, everything we think we are.

Book Sculpture by http://www.guylaramee.com/
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Amazing Book Carvings by Guy Laramee
What the Artist has to say:

With the vanishing of cultures, some people are displaced  and destroyed. We are currently told that the paper book is bound to  die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might say: so what? Do we  really believe that “new technologies” will change anything concerning  our existential dilemma, our human condition? And even if we could  change the content of all the books on earth, would this change anything  in relation to the domination of analytical knowledge over intuitive  knowledge? What is it in ourselves that insists on grabbing, on casting  the flow of experience into concepts?
When I was younger, I was  very upset with the ideologies of progress. I wanted to destroy them by  showing that we are still primitives. I had the profound intuition that  as a species, we had not evolved that much. Now I see that our belief in  progress stems from our fascination with the content of consciousness.  Despite appearances, our current obsession for changing the forms in  which we access culture is but a manifestation of this fascination.
So  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. Piles  of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say  anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we  know, everything we think we are.

Book Sculpture by http://www.guylaramee.com/
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Amazing Book Carvings by Guy Laramee
What the Artist has to say:

With the vanishing of cultures, some people are displaced  and destroyed. We are currently told that the paper book is bound to  die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might say: so what? Do we  really believe that “new technologies” will change anything concerning  our existential dilemma, our human condition? And even if we could  change the content of all the books on earth, would this change anything  in relation to the domination of analytical knowledge over intuitive  knowledge? What is it in ourselves that insists on grabbing, on casting  the flow of experience into concepts?
When I was younger, I was  very upset with the ideologies of progress. I wanted to destroy them by  showing that we are still primitives. I had the profound intuition that  as a species, we had not evolved that much. Now I see that our belief in  progress stems from our fascination with the content of consciousness.  Despite appearances, our current obsession for changing the forms in  which we access culture is but a manifestation of this fascination.
So  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. Piles  of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say  anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we  know, everything we think we are.

Book Sculpture by http://www.guylaramee.com/
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Amazing Book Carvings by Guy Laramee
What the Artist has to say:

With the vanishing of cultures, some people are displaced  and destroyed. We are currently told that the paper book is bound to  die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might say: so what? Do we  really believe that “new technologies” will change anything concerning  our existential dilemma, our human condition? And even if we could  change the content of all the books on earth, would this change anything  in relation to the domination of analytical knowledge over intuitive  knowledge? What is it in ourselves that insists on grabbing, on casting  the flow of experience into concepts?
When I was younger, I was  very upset with the ideologies of progress. I wanted to destroy them by  showing that we are still primitives. I had the profound intuition that  as a species, we had not evolved that much. Now I see that our belief in  progress stems from our fascination with the content of consciousness.  Despite appearances, our current obsession for changing the forms in  which we access culture is but a manifestation of this fascination.
So  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. Piles  of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say  anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we  know, everything we think we are.

Book Sculpture by http://www.guylaramee.com/
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Amazing Book Carvings by Guy Laramee

What the Artist has to say:

With the vanishing of cultures, some people are displaced and destroyed. We are currently told that the paper book is bound to die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might say: so what? Do we really believe that “new technologies” will change anything concerning our existential dilemma, our human condition? And even if we could change the content of all the books on earth, would this change anything in relation to the domination of analytical knowledge over intuitive knowledge? What is it in ourselves that insists on grabbing, on casting the flow of experience into concepts?

When I was younger, I was very upset with the ideologies of progress. I wanted to destroy them by showing that we are still primitives. I had the profound intuition that as a species, we had not evolved that much. Now I see that our belief in progress stems from our fascination with the content of consciousness. Despite appearances, our current obsession for changing the forms in which we access culture is but a manifestation of this fascination.

So 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. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are.

Book Sculpture by http://www.guylaramee.com/