You maybe wonder why there is a face of Marylin Monroe or Albert Einstein in a phonebook. That is the art work of sculptor Alex Queral from Philadelphia. He simply takes old phonebooks and carves famous faces on them. It takes a lot of time and a lot of work to finish one face; he uses several weeks on one project. First he sketches the face of the person on a paper and then lays it over the phonebook and starts to carve it with a razor.
He makes one face for each phonebook, because he cuts through all the pages to create the perfect 3D portrait. To distinguish the portraits from the pages, he paints each face with a monochromatic wash. Looking at the phonebooks from the side you can see how it looks like a face that is coming out. If you’d like to see more paper art, you should check out these newspaper and book sculptures in New York.