Or in this case, books as art, with apologies to Artbug for taking a liberal interpretation of her theme.
Yes, this is exactly what it looks like, a naked woman sculpted from a hanging string of books (my apologies if this offends anyone). This sculpture hangs in the conference center hallway at the company I work for, and I walk under it every day to get to the cafeteria. The company's founder and CEO has a large modern art collection, and much of it is on display throughout the corporate campus (www.westcollection.org).
The artist who did this piece is Long-Bin Chen, a Chinese artist who studied in New York City and now lives in Taiwan. He uses discarded books, magazines, even telephone directories for his sculptures. The West Collection has several of his pieces, this one and phone books sculpted into a sort of Buddha head are my favorites. I don't know where the Buddha head is at the moment or I'd have photographed it, too, but it's beautiful and you literally have to be right in front of the thing to realize it isn't marble.
Anyway, I thought this might be more interesting than my shelves and shelves of books on coral reefs and fish. What do you think?