Su Blackwell, a 33-year-old British artist who transforms books into 3D sculptures, is currently showing her unusual work in an exhibition in Hong Kong. The exhibition, which ends on August 16, gives Hongkongers an opportunity to see Blackwell's unique art, in which paper sculptures seemingly grow from the pages of opened books. 'I love reading and like to wander around second-hand book stores,' Blackwell says. 'One day in a bookstore ...I found a book with beautiful illustrations. It was dusty and must have been sitting untouched on the bookshelves for years. I felt it was a waste to leave it there and decided to try and do something with it.' The book was called The Elder Tree Mother and the results of her decision that day inspired her to venture farther into what has become a unique form of artistic expression. 'Paper is easy to get, cheap and can be eco-friendly. Also, each book has its own history, own story and type of paper,' Blackwell says, adding that every book inspires a different sculpture. Most book lovers treasure their books and try to keep them in good condition. But Blackwell chooses to hack them up, using simple tools, such as a scalpel, glue and wire. The process can take up to a month and the results range from flowers and woodlands to dining rooms and city skylines. People can no longer read a book after she has transformed it into art but, she says, her sculptures allow books to be read in a new way. They can also inspire people to return to the source of Blackwell's inspiration. 'Sometimes my work draws people back to reading the book,' she says, adding that people often ask her about the titles of the books in her exhibitions so that they can track them down later. Most of her art focuses on fairy tales, and she says she is particularly inspired by the 19th century Danish master of the fairy tale, Hans Christian Andersen. Blackwell, who is visiting Hong Kong for the first time, said she was very excited about the opportunity. In her enthusiasm, she created a sculpture based on the perceptions she had of Hong Kong from movies and photographs. For the sculpture, she used an edition of Journey to the West she found in a second-hand book store in London. The sculpture includes a clock tower, a junk, a rickshaw and some well-known Hong Kong buildings. 'Usually I tend to make simple artwork, but I think Hong Kong is such a vibrant city, this work looks busier,' she says. 'I really want to tour around the city and take a look at the buildings in my work.'