Typographic tree sculptures

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Artist Gordon Young, design studio Why Not Associates, and colleagues created typographic sculptures from dead trees for the new Crawley Library in West Sussex, UK. From Creative Review Blog:

The striking, cracked trees, 14 in all, are situated throughout the library building and are installed vertically, flush to the floor and ceiling to resemble supporting, structural pillars. Each tree is, in fact, a real oak trunk and displays carved passages of text from literature within the library, the typeface of each passage chosen carefully to suit the nature of the text…

The type on the trees isn't carved but sandblasted out of the wood… "You put a kind of vinyl onto the wood and peel the cut lettering out of it," explains (Why Not's Andy) Altmann of the process. The idea is that the particles of grit eat into the wood but bounce off the vinyl, resulting in the 'carved' lettering.

"A Library Full Of Dead Trees"