Reading a good book is like getting lost in an entire fantasy world. We disappear into the words on the page, the characters we love, and the places described in vivid detail.

One artist is taking this literary journey to a new level by turning our favorite stories into stunningly beautiful art. After tearing pages out of books, she creates something with them that can only be described as breathtaking.

Artist Su Blackwell transforms books into detailed paper sculptures that appear grow right out of the pages, like this gorgeous scene from To Kill A Mockingbird.


Before she begins carving her sculptures, she always reads the books for inspiration so each visual piece is specific to its original story.

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She continues to add details as she goes along, such as the finely crafted animals in this sculpture inspired by The Jungle Book.


Says Su: “The detail is what brings it all together, the magic element. It’s a tediously slow process.”


For the series, she was especially interested in exploring physical dwellings as a place where imagination can flourish.

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The sculptures feature lighthouses, cabins, and treehouses that appear to be lit from within, suggesting that someone is home.


At the same time, the landscapes are stark and isolated, making the dwellings look remote and lonely.

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Su adds: “I have been inspired by water, by lakes, and the sea. There is a sense that one needs to take a journey to travel to these dwellings.”


These breathtaking creations, like this one inspired by 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, carry on the original author’s work of transporting you into an entire miniature fantasy world.


I’m in love with the detail in these sculptures! This is such a fun and whimsical way to enjoy your favorite books all over again.

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