Artist Nick Georgiou of Tuscon, Arizona puts old books and newspapers to good use by crafting them into three dimensional sculptures and ornately framed wall art. His human faces, flowers and animals made of rolled up newspapers and old book pages will have looking at that previously read paperback in a different light.
"My art is inspired by the death of the printed word. Books and newspapers are becoming artifacts of the 21st century. As a society we're shifting away from print consumption and heading straight towards full digital lives. My sculptures are products of their environment —both literally and figuratively. As often as I can, I use local newspapers to add authenticity, and the form the sculpture takes is a reflection of the personal connection I feel to that particular city. From a day-to-day standpoint, I'm heavily influenced by my surroundings. These days, I draw inspiration from America's South West, and in particular Tucson, AZ--where I've lived and worked for almost two years. Going from NY to the desert is a pretty dramatic shift. Your concept of space expands when it's not obstructed by buildings. You pay closer attention to nature because you're always in it—and you do what you can to preserve it." -- Nick Georgiou
above: A self portrait made of old newspapers by Nick Georgiou
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a special thanks to the cool blog Gizfactory, for bringing this to my attention