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Cassette tape skeletons

posted by Ainsley Drew   Sep 29, 2009

Brian Dettmer began crafting skeletons from cassette tapes after being inspired by the relatively rapid death of analog media. The artist, whose previous work includes meticulous autopsies of books, enjoys deconstructing found objects and transforming them into complex, chimerical sculptures. His plastic bones have resulted in a series of skulls, both human and animal, crafted from tapes consistent with a musical genre, such as rock and metal. Each piece is devoid of any adhesive, and although Dettmer keeps his process a secret, it’s rumored that the cassettes are welded together using heat, moulds, and his damp hands. No word yet on how they sound.