Brian Dettmer The 'Book Surgeon'
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Totem Altered set of vintage encyclopedias is displayed in Atlanta... News Photo 110260604Arts,Arts Culture and Entertainment,Atlanta,Bizarre,Change,Exclusive,Georgia - US State,Human Interest,Pliers,Saw,Sculpture,Set,Surgical Equipment,Totem Pole,Tweezers,USA,Vertical,VintagePhotographer Barcroft MediaCollection: Barcroft Media ATLANTA, GA - 2010: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Totem, Altered set of vintage encyclopedias is displayed in Atlanta, Georgia in 2010. Using surgical tools, craft knives, pliers, tweezers and small saws, Brian Dettmer the 'book surgeon' creates literal art that sells for anywhere up to Â£18,000. Carving into single books or even full encyclopedias, Brian's surreal and expressive creations are made only from the books he uses as he cuts deep into the weighty tomes. Each surgery can take as little as one week for a single hardback, while a larger joined series of atlases or reference books can take Brian, 36, up to three months. Embellishing his completed sculptures by sanding and varnishing the finished work, Atlanta resident Brian has made over a hundred examples of his book art since 2003 and has been exhibited in New York, Barcelona and Chicago. (Photo by Brian Dettmer / Barcroft USA / Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***