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Somebody clandestinely snapped these pics of Buddha heads carved out of phone books at the recent TED conference (where cameras are forbidden).

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. Peter Bengtson says:

    As of last week, there were some of these on display in the main hall of the Low Library at Columbia University in NYC. I do not know how long they will be there

  2. Bryan C says:

    Forbidding cameras never seems to actually work. Why does anyone still bother?

  3. chantal sottas says:

    I believe the artist’s name is Long Bin

  4. Kwak Moonsuk says:


  5. Registered User says:

    Prohibiting cameras are no longer effective in technologically advancing world! –

  6. Mike says:

    Many craftsmen are coming with different ideas using phone book! Good show! –

  7. pool table says:

    It took me a second to put the two together, but that is really ingenious. What a great way to recycle! I really enjoyed browsing over the other picture you have up too, like the bear made out of gum–way cool! Thanks