Books and Bibles that go Bang Bang! Bookguns by artist Robert The.

Bookguns by artist Robert The

Artist Robert The has been turning the printed word into facsimiles of weapons since 1995. His choice of books have purposefully ironic titles or subject matter when handcarved into the shape of handguns.

Bookguns by artist Robert The

Book guns

The Medium Is The Message:
guns crafted from books

Poetic Justice:
poetic justice

Psychotherapy With Adolescent Girls:
Robert The book guns

Young Students:
Artist Robert The

He states “Obsession with the semiotic erosion of meaning and reality led me to create objects that evangelize their own relevance by a direct fusion of word and form. Books (many culled from dumpsters and thrift store bins) are lovingly vandalized back to life so they can assert themselves against the culture which turned them into debris.” – Robert The, 1995

catcher in the rye gunbook
gun books by robert the

In addition to taking well known novels such as J.D. Salinger’s Catcher In the Rye (above) and academic texts and turning them into pistols made of pages, Robert has a series of bibles he’s turned into different weapons as well.

holy bible turned into gun and grenade
Bible crafted into gun
Holy Bible crafted into grenade
robert the holy bible art

Undoubtedly his turning bibles into guns and grenades will get most people up in arms, so to speak, but that’s kind of the point.

book sculptures
various versions of the new testament carved into handguns by Robert The

See more of Robert’s Bookguns and other work here

Thanks to GizFactory via Toxel for bringing these to my attention.