I've been interested in the idea of altered books for some time and have thought about trying it myself... until I saw this work! (Maybe I'll still give it a shot sometime.)
Webster Two Point Oh, 2008, Altered Book, 11-1/2" x 19" x 11" by Brian Dettmer
"A lot of my work is intuitive when I'm developing it
and then chance plays a major role before I begin carving
so I never know where something will end up."
Originally from Chicago, Brian Dettmer currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA. He has been working with old books as his art material for about ten years.
Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed. He manipulates the pages and spines, folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create his book sculptures.
See 15 of his astonishing pieces here. See more art, and read a short interview here. His website is here.
I'm blown away.