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Beautiful Book Art: Petra Edition

 by Danielle Maestretti

Tags: Arts, visual art, book art, sculpture, encyclopedias, Guy Laramee, Petra, Danielle Maestretti,

Petra, by Guy LarameeGuy Laramée turned a set of dusty old encyclopedias into a gorgeous replica of Jordan’s Petra, one of the world’s best-known archaeological sites.

The excellent Magers & Quinn blog tipped me off to this stack-of-books-sized rendering of Petra, which Laramée sculpted using a set of sandblasted encyclopedias. The piece was featured in a recent book-art exhibit at Seattle’s Bellevue Arts Museum; you can see more of Laramée’s work here and here.

(I'm sure there's a joke to be made about looking up Petra inside the encyclopedia, but I don't think it merits non-parenthetical treatment.)

Source: Magers & Quinn blog 

Guy Laramée, Pétra (2007). Eroded encyclopedias, pigment, 12 x 11.25 x 8.5 in. Courtesy Galerie Orange and the artist.