Tomoko Takeda, who is an artist and designer based in Tokyo, has created stunning works of visual art using literary masterpieces as the foundation for them. In other words, Takeda actually carves and cuts the inner pages of these books in a way that makes them resemble sculpted objects with abnormal layers to them.
Takeda doesn’t just carve any sculpture out of these books, though. The design he chooses relates to the story of the book itself. In the book “I Am a Cat,” he created a pop-up kitten inside of a scalloped cover. In “Flowers for Algernon,” he created the look of a delicate blossom by carving the book into many different layers. He says that he transformed these books into something that’s enjoyable to look at rather than to read.
Two Years’ Vacation by Jules Verne
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupry
I Am a Cat by Natsume Soseki
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Spider’s Thread and Other Stories by Akutagawa Ryunosuke
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Night on the Galactic Railroad by Miyazawa Kenji