Here at Inhabitat, we've seen paper transformed and reused in many different ways -- including paper folded and stitched into amazing sculptures, paper laser cut and glued into chairs, and even paper recycled into pulp to create cute alarm clocks. But we're especially in love with our latest discovery, which comes direct from artist Valerie Buess. Buess' inspired creations turn the pages of unloved books into magical shapes that resemble underwater sea creatures. Click ahead to learn more!
Based in Germany, but born in Switzerland, Valerie Buess has been experimenting with paper for the last twenty years. By twisting, turning, folding and sometimes adding some color to her work, she creates fantastic organic shapes that seem to be inspired by underwater sea creatures. Some of her pieces are more abstract, while others clearly denote what they used to be in their past lives: books. Sea Urchins, coral reefs, algae and sea grass made from recycled novels and old books tell stories about the mysteries of the deep sea, all while creating a new sculptural world above the surface.
Interpreted as decorative objects, art pieces or dramatic sculptures, these paper creations are one of a kind.
Photo © Artist Valerie