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A friend just gave me an old book (German 1917). She said she would not use it, while my eyes lit up when I saw it. I made sure she understood that I was going to take it apart to use the wonderful aged, foxed pages in collages. Yes, that was fine with her.

As I was looking through the book I saw what must be a very early example of concrete poetry. A quick search showed that the author died in 1914 so the poem pre-dates that and the 1917 publication date of the book by I don't know how much.

I'll go ahead and take pages from the book to use in my work but it gives me pause. Where is the boundary between what should be preserved as something with historical significance and what is fair game to be taken apart (destroyed?) and used in a collage?

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partiallyHere Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
art should be a living thing.
as i see it, this book will be having a new life. :)
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Crussol12 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist
That's a very positive approach. Thanks.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
Ken - I don't have an answer to your question but I think it is a good one indeed. I really don't know. I've had some old books that clearly had no real "significance" but I've had others that seemed to have a bit, yet I've gone ahead and taken them apart. Part of my thinking was that no one but me was ever going to see the book anyway, even if I found it of some sort of value, I had no venue to share it in, it was just going to sit on my shelf. That concrete poetry kind of stops me in my tracks, though.
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Crussol12 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist
That's sort of been my thinking, too. But then I wonder about due diligence. How far do I have to go to see if there really is any significance to the book?
I found in a flea market a couple of years ago, four French ledger/diaries from the 1780's. Two of them I purchased. One has various "articles" heavily edited and re-worked. I keep worrying that it's an early version of the French constution. Friends who are French have looked at it and think I'm crazy so I guess I'll go along with their assessment.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
That's a good point. With regard to the French books - after hearing from your friends - tear them up!
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Crussol12 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist
. . . to shreds -- beautiful shreds
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