A trio of book sculptures by Rosie Leventon April 10, 2014 – Posted in: Art, Books and Art, Installation, sculpture


Rosie Leventon is one of the new-breed of green artists cropping up around the world.

Her work is deeply “grounded in a sensitive concern for the natural environment and how we use it.” She “sees her work as interweaving a kind of personal archaeology with the archaeology of contemporary society and the physical archaeology of places.”

She is all about using local and recycled materials and resources whenever possible.

Here’s a look at three of her bookish “recycled sculptures.”

For SOMEWHERE A DOOR SLAMMED Leventon created a tower of paperbacks, mostly of the romance variety.

In it are regular shaped windows on two sides which allow a view into the interior. The titles of the books are visible on the outside of the walls, and looking through the windows people can see the pages of the books have been roughly carved – softened – so that they may look a bit like flat pieces of stone or an ancient ruin.


Next up is A LONG WAY FROM THE BATHROOM,  a series of installations whose title comes from a phrase found on the first page of one of the books used.

Piles of recycled paperbacks are piled up into stacks and then center is hollowed out and carved into a saucer-like spherical negative shape, reminiscent of a crop circle.

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and finally we have the F2 TYPHOON EUROFIGHTER, an installation currently in progress.

For this gem:

 the books are carved by hand so that the pages and print are visible, to form a concave curve from the top of the books pile to the floor. As the curved surface reaches the floor it dissolves into paper dust. The whole forms a negative relief of a multi-role combat aircraft currently deployed in countries such as Libya, the Falkland Islands and Albania.

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