Old books turned into crystallized sculptures (pictures)

Crystallized Books - 1984

San Francisco-based artist Alexis Arnold creates sculptures and mixed media art that focus on time, transformation, and perception.

One of Arnold’s most stunning projects is called Crystallized Books. Old copies of books, famous novels among then, are frozen with heavy crystal growth.

What do crystals do to the books? They do not only shape them into small sculptures but – most importantly – make the text disappear. The artist explains:

The crystals remove the text and solidify the books into aesthetic, non-functional objects.

Crystallized Books – book art by Alexis Arnold


Crystallized Books - Brave New World

Crystallized Books – Brave New World.


Crystallized Books - Moby-Dick

Crystallized Books – Moby-Dick.


Crystallized Books - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Crystallized Books – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.


Crystallized Books - The Grapes of Wrath

Crystallized Books – The Grapes of Wrath.


Crystallized Books - The Order of Things

Crystallized Books – The Order of Things.


Crystallized Books - To Kill a Mockingbird

Crystallized Books – To Kill a Mockingbird.

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