Giving New Life to Old Books – Artist Mike Stilkey

As we move into the digital age, we are seeing books being re-purposed for a number of things.  Artist Mike Stilkey re-purposes books as canvas, painting his images on their covers and spines.  “Most libraries have thousands and thousands of books that they can throw away at any time,” the Los Angeles-based artists says.  Since the books can’t be recycled, he makes sculptures out of the books, and then paints them.  Stilkey has been doing this since 2006; his largest piece is made of 3,000 books and measures 24′ tall.  Kathryn Bromwich of The Guardian has put together a post featuring his works.  Click here for her post.

'Discarded Romance' by Mike Stilkey

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