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PULPED FICTION: Books recycled by Apsley mill used to create limited edition copies of 1984

 Published on: 30th November 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

An artist’s ambitious project has been brought to life with the help of an Apsley paper mill.

A charity bookshop in Swansea made national headlines in 2017 when it exhibited hundreds of copies of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code in the window, with a plea for people to stop donating the same book because they had so many.

Taking inspiration from this, visual artist David Shrigley decided to produce a limited run of 1,250 copies of George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984, by recycling second-hand copies of The Da Vinci Code.

The paper for the limited edition books was produced by none other than Frogmore Paper Mill.

A spokesperson for the mill said: “Production manager Gary Fuller and papermakers Joey Roberts and Luke Chubb took on the task of creating the bespoke paper, starting more than two years ago.

“The commission involved many hours of removing paperback covers and careful pulping to create the desired effect for the finished paper. Within the paper, you can still read the text of The Da Vinci Code, the concept being that stories remain!”

Copies are now available to purchase here, with some of the proceeds being donated to Oxfam.

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