“These little worlds make you stop, think, smile, laugh and celebrate the human condition. In a world where we daily crush headlong into harsh vicissitudes, how joyful it is to stop and look at ourselves in miniature proportions. We are all human after all.”

Glass Cathedrals are a series of tiny worlds in boxes.
Magical, absurd, comic, tragic, poetic, each box contains an entire emotional world, with figurines not much taller than a pea. Many boxes are uniquely customised.

The ideas behind the Glass Cathedrals are based on thoughts I’ve been having since I was a child: “I’m scared to jump into the pool. Glitter is as precious as gold! How can I feel so big and so small at the same time?” Running through my thoughts was a common theme – that opposites can co-exist in the same space and time. Fear and bravery, absurdity and meaning, inside and out, big and small.

Many people have these moments of inspiration about what it is to be a funny little human traveling around a big planet. What to do with these thoughts? I started putting mine in boxes…

Stopping for a moment and peering into the lives of others in these miniature
proportions can have a curious emotional effect. The empathy we feel for the
tiny figures in the boxes – struggling but resolute – can lead to a profound
feeling of compassion for others and for ourselves.

– Lisa Swerling, Marin CA 2017