by David Mendez
Today, in cool things found on the Internet, artist Andrew Hayes has created a new use for old books: damn wicked metal sculpture.
According to Hayes, his metal work allows for the books that he's repurposed to tell "a new story":
The book is a seductive object to hold and smell and run your fingers through. I am drawn to books for many reasons; however, the content of the book does not enter my work. The pages allow me to achieve a form, surface, and texture that are appealing to me. The book as an object is full of fact and story. I take my sensory appreciation for the book as a material and employ the use of metal to create a new form, and hopefully a new story.