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Work / Art

Art: Book artist Guy Laramée creates a jaw-dropping landscape out of 24 encyclopedias

I remember the sense of pomp and circumstance by which the arrival of the full set of Encyclopedia Britannica’s was greeted in our house. In the innocent pre Wikipedia age, if you wanted to know what the capital of Djibouti was or whether lemurs were nocturnal you turned to the relevant EB entry and found out; all much more satisfying than its contemporary equivalent. When the makers of this rich resource announced they were to stop publishing it after 244 years, book artist Guy Laramée (who we last featured two years ago) went to work. Adieu is his tribute to this remarkable publication; using all 24 volumes he has created a landscape that ranges from lush mountains to grassy prairies. In both scope and imagination this is a fitting homage to a publishing institution. By the way it;s Dijibouti City and some types of lemurs are nocturnal, but not all.

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