Artist Makes Literary Scenes Come to Life

Lisa Swerling, a South African/British artist and a New York Times bestselling author, has taken our favorite scenes from books and shrunk them. Her carefully placed, intricate, book boxes are frozen scenes from literature.

Swerling’s website shows that her work doesn’t just stop with book boxes. She dabbles in all things diorama, but her themes have stretched from anywhere to family, religion, and fantasy. 

She said:

The physical making of each bookbox is not so time-consuming, but distilling the ideas, the characters, the narrative, and the heart of the book so it fits perfectly into a small box—that can take years!


Check out her work below:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren


The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis


Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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Swerling is touring London. To check out her tour, click here


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