Once upon a time there was a forest. Its trees were turned into books. And some of those books became a handcrafted echo of that forest.
I stumbled across Federico Uribe in a horrible article about private libraries built for show. While the wealthy “recycle” books to puff up their image, Uribe uses discarded books to create art. In his 2010 installation, “Once Upon A Time,” he takes the recycling full circle by making trees out of books.
As an ecologist I love that he has trees representing a diversity of global ecosystems, and has populated his book forest with a variety of animals—birds, butterflies, squirrels, frogs, and spiders. Below is just a little taste of the exhibition. I highly recommend viewing the slide show and virtual tour for much more.