I often go to the Ridgedale Library to meet with a Socrates Cafe group (I totally recommend you attend). I arrived early one week and wondered about the library, suddenly noticing this:

Each object is a book that has been designated to be thrown away. They are folded, front cover to back cover and then each page is folded in a special way in order to form an interesting whole! Some books, all the pages are folded identically, some alternate in a 1, 2, 1, 2 pattern to create a wavy effect. 

I asked a librarian about it and was given a pamphlet:

It also included a website with an interview with an artist who has made many such sculptures.
I'm not sure what to do with this discovery. I might have to try making one. I suppose I could even bind a book for this purpose specifically, but I really like the recycling nature of the project.


  1. I can totally hook you up with books for this purpose....I get donations at my library whose condition isn't nice enough to circulate or sell, but it's PAINFUL to have throw out a book.

  2. I haven't tried folding a book yet, I'm not sure what to do with them once their complete. Is this something that might be good to do at your library?