I recently saw one of Brian Dettmer's pieces in person at the MOCA gallery's "Movers and Shakers" show while there to see work by my friend Marc Brotherton. As irony would have it, Brian's work came up for discussion on my Picture Book Artists Association board the other day. It's a sign - I have to share.
Brian takes old books and reworks them into amazing sculptures. You can visit his website here, but also check out photos of his work on flickr - especially the images of his studio and works in progress.
Even seeing images of how he works doesn't begin to explain the mystery of these highly detailed, breathtaking pieces. Here are some examples (shared with permission - turns out he's a nice guy too!).