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Artist Turns Discarded Books Into Beautiful Works Of Art By Crystalizing Them

1. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

Arnold explains that “The Crystallized Book Series was prompted by repeatedly finding boxes of discarded books, by the onset of e-books, and by the recent disappearance of bookstores. Furthermore, I had been growing crystals on hard objects and was interested in seeing the effect of the crystal growth on malleable and absorbent objects. Conceptually, the series addresses the materiality of the book versus the text or content of the book. The crystals remove the text and transform the books into aesthetic, non-functional objects. The books, now frozen with heavy crystal growth, have become artifacts or geologic specimens imbued with the history of time, use, and nostalgia.”

2. Snow

Snow

3. Post Mortem

Post Mortem

There are many household chemicals that can be used to grow crystals. Arnold used Twenty Mule Team Borax and created a super saturated solution in boiling water. She then soaked the books in the solution and manipulated them to her liking. The solution then cools and the crystals grow and the books take on their form

4. Crime And Punishment

Crime And Punishment

5. The Complete Book of Houseplants

The Complete Book of Houseplants

Depending on atmospheric conditions, the crystals will turn from translucent to opaque. This transition can take years or be made to happen quickly.

6. Cookbook

Cookbook

7. Catcher In The Rye

Catcher In The Rye


8. The Singing Tree

The Singing Tree

9. Alchemist’s Handbook

Alchemist's Handbook

10. Encyclopedia Of Superstitions

Encyclopedia Of Superstitions

11. This Is Water

This Is Water

12. Chemistry: An Experimental Science

Chemistry: An Experimental Science

13. World Book 1978

World Book 1978

14. Dictionary Nautilus

Dictionary Nautilus

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