Beautiful Book Destruction

This is one of the most interesting series of images I’ve seen in a long time.

I think some images of Brian Dettmer’s sculptures made its way around the internet a few months ago, but I stumbled across them again last week and felt the need to share.

Not for the faint of heart, since Dettmer’s artwork involves what some might consider the wanton destruction of books. It’s beautiful.

To encourage you to wander through more of his art, I’m reposting my favorite:

Brian Dettmer Sculpture

If you captured this post through a reader, click the post title to see the image. For a close-up, click the image.

Now go see more… and have a great weekend.


About Jamie Thornton

I am a voracious reader in many genres. I do sometimes judge a book by its cover art. Life is too short to spend time reading or reviewing bad books. My own published novels are full of adventure, danger, and complicated characters. I call Northern California home. I graduated from UCLA with a degree in Anthropology and belong to the Wordforge writing group. I live, rather happily, with my husband, dog, a garden, a viola and a bicycle. Check out my short stories and novels at

3 responses to “Beautiful Book Destruction

  1. This is stunning! Thank you for sharing.

    But yes in the back of my head is the thought, “Those poor books!”

  2. ernest pipe

    if you want to find out more about brian dettmer, the man and artist, check this post out

    brian dettmer: book autopsies

    he was so incited by herocious that he personally left a rather lengthy comment that, at times, sounds insulting.

    not sure whom you’ll agree with, dettmer or herocious, but i got a laugh out of it at least.

  3. Interesting post and comment that you linked. I can see it from both sides. One of my first reactions was also, “oh how horrifying — book destruction” but the shock factor is also part of the appeal for me; that, and how he takes a 2-dimensional page and turns it into a 3-dimensional sculpture.

    The book becoming unreadable is another part of the appeal. It makes me want to read the book more because I can’t — what words did he cover up? What pages, what imaginary world, did he glue together? Why do I want to read it more, now that I can’t?

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