New York-based artist Brian Dettmer, aka The Book Surgeon, has a unique way of creating art. He uses surgical tools and tweezers to carve and dissect old books into mind-blowing sculptures.

Dettmer shapes pages and spines to give his sculptures form. He also folds, rolls, bends, and stacks several books together to create completely unique sculptures. He doesn’t implant or relocate any of the pages; he only removes them. To give his work a unique vintage touch, Dettmer uses out-of-date encyclopedias, maps, textbooks, dictionaries, medical journals, and illustration books.

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The fact that he’s destroying books for his creations may rub some book lovers the wrong way, but Dettmer has a different take on it. “My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book's internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception,” Dettmer says.

Dettmer’s sculptures have been exhibited internationally and can be found in the permanent collection of many renowned institutions like the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Yale University Art Gallery, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Georgia, and others. For more information on his work, check out his website.

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