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The Most Amazing Book Sculptures Ever

Born in Chicago but currently living and working out of Atlanta, Georgia, contemporary artist Brian Dettmer creates incredible works of art with old books and incredible skill. Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Dettmer meticulously carves various layers creating incredibly detailed, mind-blowing artwork. Dettmer has received critical acclaim around the world and his work can be found in countless galleries and publications. In recent years Dettmer has established himself as one of the leading International contemporary artists working with book carving and sculpting today.

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Incredibly Elaborate Miniature Fairy Castle

This elaborate miniature house was created in the 1930s by silent film star Colleen Moore. The Fairy Castle is filled with remarkable miniatures and artifacts and is a timeless reminder of the imagination, ingenuity and craftsmanship of cultures and artisans all over the world. It became a permanent exhibit when it was donated to the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago in 1949. The 9-square-foot castle features about 1,500 miniatures and cost nearly $500,000 at the time it was created. The tiny treasures include:

  • A painting done by Walt Disney himself, along with a dozen other pieces of original artwork from various artists
  • The tiniest Bible ever to be written, dating back to 1840
  • The dining room contains a replica of King Arthur’s round table
  • Three statues of the Goddess Isis, more than 4,000 years old, in the Great Hall

Bone Flowers

All of these flowers are made from real bones of mice and rats. Japanese artist Hideki Tokushige states that the collection, called “Honebana” (bone flower), is the result of a ceremonial process that honors the cycle of death, decay, and rebirth, even as modern society becomes increasingly detached from this spiritual reality.

(Source: honebana.com)

Scrap Metal Animals

Japanese artist, Sayaka Ganz, describes the motivation behind her art:

"Scrap metal pieces themselves are ultimately what trigger my imagination to create these animal sculptures. Every piece has its own history and memory, bent, torn and rusted from being used outdoors for a long time. They are lifelike and organic in that sense. Looking at them inspires me and almost instinctively I see, for example, a dog’s head, a bird’s leg, or a deer’s back. Then in response I go and find other pieces that could fit to create the whole animal."

(Source: sayakaganz.com)

Dr. Seuss’ Secret Art Works

For over 60 years, (Theodor Seuss Geisel) Dr. Seuss’s illustrations brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds. However, his artistic talent went far beyond the printed page, as in his Secret Art works – the paintings and sculptures he did at night for himself that he rarely exhibited during his lifetime. Seuss always dreamed of sharing these works with his fans and had entrusted his wife, Audrey, to carry out his wishes once he was gone. Audrey, too, believed the work deserved further recognition and that Ted himself would one day be evaluated not only as an author, but also as an artist in his own right. Click on each picture to see its title and click here to see his collections and read his full biography.

The Victorian Fantasy Author and Illustrator Ahead of his Time

Paul Karl Wilhelm Scheerbart (1863 – 1915) born in Danzig, Berlin was a German author of fantasy literature and an amazing illustrator. He was also published under the pseudonym Kuno Küfer and is best known for the book Glasarchitektur, 1914.

Scheerbart was associated with expressionist architecture and one of its leading proponents, Bruno Taut. Whereas most people thought Scheerbart eccentric, it’s more likely that he was just ahead of his time and, therefore, misunderstood. He composed aphoristic poems about glass for the Taut’s Glass Pavilion at the Werkbund Exhibition in 1914. He decided to starve himself (to death, some say) instead of living through WWI. “I became a humorist out of rage, not kindness.”

(Source: hilobrow.com)