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Frozen Literary Sculptures

This Crystallized Books Series Features Ice-Covered Books

— March 5, 2015 — Art & Design
Alexis Arnold's 'Crystallized Books' project transforms discarded and damaged reading materials into monumental sculptures. Her up-cycled creations give new meaning to old books that would otherwise be destined for the waste bin.

To create her masterpieces, the San Francisco based artist coats her medium with borax crystals until it appears frozen. These damaged books and magazines are immortalized and reveal ice-like elements when examined at close range.

The 'Crystaillized Books' series by Alexis Arnold embodies a nostalgic air and makes one feel uneasy about the future need for books. While many enjoy a classic paperback, digitized reading materials are slowly replacing traditional print. This technological shift leaves many wary about the need for printed versions of novels that are already digitized.
Trend Themes
1. Upcycling Literature - Creating new art forms by repurposing discarded books and magazines through crystallization.
2. Sustainable Art - Reusing waste materials to reduce the environmental footprint and create unique aesthetic experiences.
3. Tension Between Physicality and Digitization - Exploring the relationship between traditional printed media and digitized reading technology through art.
Industry Implications
1. Art and Design - Artists and designers working with recycled materials to create sustainable and thought-provoking pieces.
2. Publishing and Printing - Traditional printing and publishing companies exploring the potential of using waste materials to create unique products, or shifting towards digital publishing.
3. Environmental Sustainability - Companies and organizations working to reduce waste and repurpose materials in artistic and innovative ways.
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