Literary Sculpture – Alexander Korzer-Robinson

11 Sep

UK based artist Alexander Korzer Robinson creates these intricate and incredible works of art by carving up old and discarded encyclopaedia’s.  He exposes some of the illustrations and removes others to create the desired effect.

When I initially looked at them I had thought that Alexander had suspended the illustrations in layers to achieve his desired result, however the artist actually leaves the images in their original place – as they were in the original book…. Undoubtedly this would require some immense patience and skill!! It is quite amazing how well all of the images just seem to look like they belong together…. With the volumes of encyclopaedia’s, as we remember, giving way to the (more easily updated) internet, these sculptures are an amazing way to breath a bit of life back into these discarded books….

Here are a few examples…… let me know what you think.

Red Giant

“Red Giant”

The Boy's Own Annual, 1890

The Boy’s Own Annual, 1890

Gustav's Dream II

“Gustav’s Dream II”



Our Lady of Rivers

“Our Lady of Rivers”

Wild Sports of the World

“Wild Sports of The World”

On with the colourful journey………


Posted by on September 11, 2012 in Art, Books, UK, UK designers


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6 responses to “Literary Sculpture – Alexander Korzer-Robinson

  1. Terri at Time To Be Inspired

    September 11, 2012 at 7:21 am

    These are very cool. Thanks for posting. I’ve checked out the artist website and all his work is truly amazing!

    • birdcagedesign

      September 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

      They are aren’t they, so very patient to be able to create these. 🙂

  2. This Sydney Life

    September 11, 2012 at 8:17 am

    BCD – can hardly believe I’m about to write this, but – OMG!!! Can you imagine the precision and patience required for this work. Just WOW!

    • birdcagedesign

      September 11, 2012 at 9:02 am

      I know, I think I would have sliced a few of my fingers off trying to make one of these! 🙂

  3. marsellaj

    September 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I am in awe. I tried an art project once with a discarded book and it was incredibly hard. These are really brilliant. Thanks for sharing these with us.

    • birdcagedesign

      September 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      They are spectacular, glad that you enjoyed them. I have to say, I think I would have lost some patience trying to do this, plus a few fingers 🙂


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