The artist Andrew Hayes explores the potencial of book pages creating new abstract versions binded with metal.

Sculptures of paper and metal by Andrew Hayes
- OCT 25, 2013

Andrew Hayes has a peculiar fixation with books, especially with their pages. The North American sculptor has focused his production in sculptures made from book pages and pieces of metal that serve as their new bindings. His interest in books comes from their history, their smell and the feel of their pages. This is why he focuses on the paper, hoping to create a new story by creating a new form.

Sculptures of paper and metal by Andrew Hayes

©Andrew Hayes

The process begins with the book begin cut up, freeing the pages from their original bindings to explore just how malleable they are, both in a figurative and a literal sense. Hayes bends the pages into different shapes to reveal the potential of the mass of paper, which he has found to be "so appealing and flexible in a way I wish steel were." Once he finds a shape that is aesthetically pleasing, he uses his former experience as a welder to bind the new abstract version of the book with pieces of metal. Hayes' main goal is to "stop a person for a second" with pieces that transmit silence, whispering and not screaming to the viewer.

Sculptures of paper and metal by Andrew Hayes

©Andrew Hayes

Sculptures of paper and metal by Andrew Hayes

©Andrew Hayes

Sculptures of paper and metal by Andrew Hayes

©Andrew Hayes

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