I certainly don’t endorse mutilating books, even for the sake of art, but I suppose it’s OK if the books were going to be destroyed anyway. In any case, here are some photos of some phenomenal art installations and other pieces created using books.
Brian Dettmer, the “Book Surgeon,” also creates sculptures — of a very different kind — out of books. He does some amazing work. Here is a link to about fifteen of his pieces, and here is an interview with Dettmer with another seven or so photos of additional pieces.
Amazing and beautiful stuff! (Though it still makes me wince ever so slightly to see books destroyed….)