Incredible Phone Book Carvings

I have wrote several posts about book carving art, see here and here. Every time, I was amazed by those incredible carving skill and creation, but feel guilty about those books and dictionaries. Hence, I decided to not write any more about these book carving until I came across this project by Alex Queral.

Incredible Phone Book Carvings
Alex Queral’s “It’s All Relative” (Albert Einstein)
When Alex Queral saw a pile of unwanted phone books 14 years ago, he was hit with a flash of inspiration. Rather than just leaving them to rot he would recycle them, using them as the basis for works of art by carving portraits out of them.

Incredible Phone Book Carvings
Alex Queral’s “The Man With No Name” (Clint Eastwood)

Incredible Phone Book Carvings
Alex Queral’s “Pee-wee” (Pee-wee Herman)
Ever since, the artist has made up to two carvings a month, with subjects including Barack Obama, Clint Eastwood, the Dalai Lama and the Beatles.

Incredible Phone Book Carvings
Alex Queral’s “False Modesty” (John Goodman)
Incredible Phone Book Carvings
Alex Queral’s I see you
As Alex said:“I was out looking for wood to make a sculpture one day and I noticed a huge pile of them on the pavement. I suddenly thought they would probably make a pretty good material for carving, so I gave it a go.”

Incredible Phone Book Carvings
Alex Queral’s Mississippi Blues Man
Incredible Phone Book Carvings
Alex Queral’s Superman Retired
The medium emphasizes the reuse of abandoned materials as well as the extraordinary human individuality emerging from the vast numbers of names listed in the phone book.

See more on Alex’s Project Page

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  1. Idiotic. It’s not that hard to mimic faces, it just takes a lot of practise, and there’s nothing amazing about it. And he used phone books. Get more uninspired than that.

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