There have been a lot of sculptural book creations over the last few years as people come to terms with the fact that reading materials are entering the digital age. Yet the sculptural book carvings of Long-bin Chen are much different from what people have come to expect. His creations are much more deceptive.
Focusing on the busts of iconic and cultural figures including ancient Greek philosophers, Japanese warriors and even a Buddha or two, Chen's sculptural book art are deceptive. They look as though they were carved out of stone or marble, yet the book spines are always left in tact at the back. He says, "The sculptures I create reference Eastern and Western icons and intellectual figures, thereby exploring cultural meanings and concepts."