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Education

Another meaning to reading

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Malala said it best herself: “Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are our most powerful weapons.”

Artist Brian Dettmer seems to agree, being that he uses books as his medium. Dettmer is an American artist that sculpts books. He carves into the pages to allow new meanings to emerge as he creates his masterpieces. He uses knives, tweezers and surgical tools and meticulously works his way through each book, never relocating pieces or inserting anything extra. He lets the books speak for themselves.

In Dettmer's statement he says "The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time."

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Dettmer reminds us that there is always more to be learned from books than we originally may think and that they are not something to be taken for granted. There are children all around the world who may never have the opportunity to read at all.

There are currently 58 million children out of school that have very little prospects of receiving an education. It's important that they have the same access to books as anyone. Everyone should be able to read, learn, and even sculpt through the pages without anything standing in their way.

Read more about the importance of education and find out ways you can get involved.

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Alex Vinci