Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Book of Mormon as art

Mark Twain, perhaps disappointed that the Book of Mormon wasn't written for laughs, called it chloroform in print.

Brodie said it sprung from a boy's imagination, overflowing "like a spring freshet."

And yet, it continues to inspire the humble in heart, from the slums of London to the cantons of Switzerland, from the Hungarian Alfold to the heartland of America.

Now I read of Robert and Georgia Buchet, who have dedicated years of their lives and an amazing amount of labor to rendering one portion of the Book, The Allegory of the Olive Tree, Jacob 5, at a level that is nothing less than exquisite.

From BYU Today:

All of the paper is handmade, watermarked with an olive branch and bound in either olive wood or silk and leather. The Bucherts made 50 copies, taking years to delicately hand paint each image. The paints are made from precious stones. Each letter of type was handset and the first letter on the first page is gilded with 24-karat gold.

Their work won the 2008 J. Carl Hertzog Book Design Award.

5 comments:

Kent Larsen said...

I've looked in BYU Magazine (I assume that the BYU Today you mention is the section in BYU Magazine) and everywhere else on the Internet and can't find the original you are referring to.

Can you tell me where it comes from?

Clifford said...

Kent:

The page I clipped with this information may not be from the most current issue. I have the whole issue at home -- I'll find it when I get home tonight.

Surprising that there's nothing on line about it.

Cliff

Clifford said...

Kent: Go to http://more.byu.edu/allegory

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

I'm new here! What a great blog :)

Clifford said...

TTSC: Thank you for your visit!