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If you love books, you”ll be super into Japanese artist Tomoko Takeda”s Story Series. …Or maybe you”ll be outraged that anyone would ever do something like this to their favorite works. It really depends on how you feel about an artist using what was once a perfectly readable book to make a sculpture.

That said, any concerns that these pieces are not works of art, but vandalism, will be washed away once you take a look at how beautiful they are. Not only can you tell that Takeda has a tremendous amount of respect for the works they used to make the sculptures, they really only add to the original works” majesty.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I Am a Cat by Natsume Soseki

I Am a Cat by Natsume Soseki

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Spiders Thread and Other Stories by Akutagawa Ryunosuke

The Spiders Thread and Other Stories by Akutagawa Ryunosuke

Kokoro by Natsume Soseki

Kokoro by Natsume Soseki

Alice”s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Night on the Galactic Railroad by Miyazawa Kenji

Night on the Galactic Railroad by Miyazawa Kenji

Two Years” Vacation by Jules Verne

Two Years

(via tomo takeda, H/T VISUAL NEWS)

This is certainly a lot better than the artwork I used to find in the books at my old school”s library. I probably shouldn”t go into the nature of those pieces though. If you”re interested in seeing more of Tomoko Takeda”s work, check out their Behance page.

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