Books carved into shape of a cave temple

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Books carved into shape of a cave temple

Postby James the Giant » Sun May 12, 2013 1:44 am

This guy, Guy Laramee, makes amazing stuff from books. Here's a Buddhist themed one I wanted to share.
More here: http://io9.com/5919043/breathtaking-landscapes-and-monuments-carved-from-books
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Re: Books carved into shape of a cave temple

Postby Ben » Sun May 12, 2013 5:03 am

Wow! Thanks for sharing, James.
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Re: Books carved into shape of a cave temple

Postby Kare » Sun May 12, 2013 8:37 am

To use books for this decorative purpose is brute stupidity. I would call it vandalism, except for the fact that this would be slandering the real Vandals. They were never THAT stupid.
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Re: Books carved into shape of a cave temple

Postby Coyote » Sun May 12, 2013 8:48 am

That's pretty amazing. Though it does feel like sacrilege.
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Re: Books carved into shape of a cave temple

Postby James the Giant » Sun May 12, 2013 9:06 am

Kare wrote:To use books for this decorative purpose is brute stupidity. I would call it vandalism, except for the fact that this would be slandering the real Vandals. They were never THAT stupid.


I think the books are old encyclopaedias, of which plenty can be found at your local junk shop, last stop before the garbage dump.
They have an enormous pile of crappy old britannicas and World Books at my local Rags 2 Riches Op Shop. $5 a set, and that's optimistic - they'll be thrown in the recycling before long.
Better to use them for art than feed the anaerobic bacteria in a landfill.

I used to think all books should be treated with care and respect, but then I read Dan Brown.
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Re: Books carved into shape of a cave temple

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sun May 12, 2013 9:45 am

I wonder if he was a termite in a previous life? :stirthepot:
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Re: Books carved into shape of a cave temple

Postby Kare » Sun May 12, 2013 9:57 am

James the Giant wrote:
Kare wrote:To use books for this decorative purpose is brute stupidity. I would call it vandalism, except for the fact that this would be slandering the real Vandals. They were never THAT stupid.


I think the books are old encyclopaedias, of which plenty can be found at your local junk shop, last stop before the garbage dump.
They have an enormous pile of crappy old britannicas and World Books at my local Rags 2 Riches Op Shop. $5 a set, and that's optimistic - they'll be thrown in the recycling before long.
Better to use them for art than feed the anaerobic bacteria in a landfill.


I see. I apologize for overreacting a bit.

I used to think all books should be treated with care and respect, but then I read Dan Brown.


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Re: Books carved into shape of a cave temple

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun May 12, 2013 3:05 pm

Beautiful!

Are they for sale? I know, craving, but I would be interested in the Buddhist themed art works; i.e., wholesome craving . . . :tongue:

Some of the comments were kind of funny. (Warning: not pc):

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Re: Books carved into shape of a cave temple

Postby Kare » Sun May 12, 2013 4:23 pm

But he'd better keep away from my complete set of the Tipitaka in 45 volumes! :guns:
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