Thinking Outside the Book with Brian Dettmer

Brian Dettmer

Brian Dettmer

Otherwise known as the Book Surgeon, Brian Dettmer carves old books new again, using knives, scalpels and other surgical tools to completely transform them into sculptures.


Brian Dettmer



Brian Dettmer



Brian Dettmer



Brian Dettmer



Brian Dettmer

Dettmer says of his art, “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.” — via

For more info and photos of Dettmer’s art, head to Bored Panda or the artist’s website at

Be sure to also check out this excellent video, in which Dettmer explains his process and approach.

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