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Incredible Sculptures As Book Covers, Makes You Want To Read
By Anthea Quay, 06 May 2013
‘The Raven’ by Edgar Allan Poe
They say, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.”
But for these books with covers created by artist Richard Tuttle, we think you can.
Tuttle interprets the stories within the book’s pages, takes the magic out of reading and puts them on the bindings of the tomes, to create one-of-a-kind cover sculptures of classic novels—such as George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, to name a few.
“I make literary artifacts,” Tuttle told Flavorwire. “They are designed to pull books down off the shelf and display them in the salon, gallery or home as if they were works of art, which, of course, they are.”
“Whether binding books with leather, paper, paint, wood, and found artifacts or building sculptures to encase the volumes, I seek to find a perspective that shouts a piece of the essence of the literary work. I try to put myself in the author’s or character’s minds to say something about the time it was written in; the attitude that is explored and expressed; the magic that makes it a work of art.”
One of his pieces, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, feature leather ‘wings’ that double as a book stand—so the book can be a standalone display.
‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley
‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker
‘Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare
‘1984’ by George Orwell
‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell
‘The Grapes of Wrath’ by John Steinback
‘Jurassic Park’ by Michael Crichton
[via Franklin Books]
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