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Thomas Wightman's Book Sculpture Art Touches on Tough Topics

 - May 26, 2013
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Thomas Wightman makes incredible book sculpture art using hardcover books and their pages. These imaginative works of art are not only beautiful, but touch on hard-to-portray concepts like addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder.

One of his sculptures has meticulously cut out lettering that makes it look like a paper ship is spiralling deep into the pages of the book. Wightman likens the feeling of being overpowered by obsession to drowning, but includes hopeful elements like an "anchor and typographic rope showing these problems can be solved... in the same way as those who suffer from OCD when they receive proper treatment."

These deceptively beautiful creations deliver the poignant message that things are not always as they seem on the surface and that we should avoid "judging a book by its cover."