Ryuta Iida’s Beautiful Book Cuts

Like most bibliophiles, we wouldn’t normally support the idea of cutting up books, but these beautiful sculptures by Japanese artist Ryuta Iida, which were most recently displayed at the Takuro Someya Contemporary Art Gallery in Tokyo, will definitely cause you to do a double-take. Using old (and often valuable!) books and a paper cutter, Iida transforms his source material into something that looks more like wood than paper, and feels completely new. Click through to view more of his work.

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