"A Woman’s Place Is In The Resistance" World In A Box

Glass Cathedrals

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    • Standard delivery
    • 7th - 9th December
    • Express delivery
    • 5th - 6th December


  • Made in UK
  • Handmade
Miniature scene in an artbox showing a tiny Princess Leia figurine holding a protest banner
Miniature scene in an artbox showing a tiny Princess Leia figurine holding a protest banner
Miniature scene in an artbox showing a tiny Princess Leia figurine holding a protest banner
Side view of the diorama box, showing the hand-written title and signature plate, and the french cleat hanging strip along the back top edge
Glass Cathedrals come packed in a lovely bespoke kraft box
Four Glass Cathedral artboxes displayed in a column at MiXX gallery, Telluride Colorado
A Glass Cathedral artbox displayed in a home interior setting with other decorative objects
A miniature figurine of a little girl in armbands, perched on the artist’s baby finger
 Two images showing the scale of the miniature figures. One is of a bonfire on a beach, the other is of Lisa painting a miniature celebrity figurine (Jameela Jamil)
Lisa Swerling in her California art studio making a miniature circus-themed Glass Cathedral  for an exhibition at Anthropologie in 2019

Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals are a series of dioramas created over the last 20 years in California, Cape Town and now London.

This artwork transports you to a sparkling parallel universe - one that reflects back the best of ourselves and the world we live in.

Lisa has made hundreds of tiny protestors as part of an ongoing project called "This is What Humanity Looks Like" - miniaturising real protest signs used in marches across the world. The iconic and inimitable Carrie Fisher/Princess Leia has ended up with a box all of her own, capturing this extraordinary moment in history.

"A Woman’s Place is in the Resistance" serves as a timeless reminder that idealism, humour and a bagful of sparkles are vital ingredients in the revolution!

Need to know

  • Deadline for Christmas orders: Monday 18 December 2023 - choose Express Delivery*
  • i.e. Order by 18th December and you'll have in time for Christmas.

Each Glass Cathedral is handmade by the artist, and individually titled, signed and dated.
They come packed in a lovely bespoke kraft box.

Size and Scale
Box: 30 x 20 x 8cm (12 x 8 x 3”) | Scale of scene: 1:87

Editions and Customisation
Glass Cathedrals are open editions, made to order.
For some designs there is optional personalisation of the gender, skin and hair colours, included in the price.

Display and Care
Glass Cathedrals have a french cleat built into the top back of the frame.
They hang on a nail or French cleat (provided) on the wall, or can sit on a shelf.
They should be displayed away from direct sunlight and avoid humid conditions eg. bathrooms.
Glass can be taken out and cleaned with normal glass cleaner.

Because the artworks are custom made, we can’t accept returns except if the order is incorrect or arrives damaged.

The miniature scenes are housed in white-painted wooden boxes, fronted by glass.
The model-railway figurines are painted, and at times augmented with clay, paper, and other ephemera such as specks of glitter and tiny sequins. The interiors are often layered with glitter.
Because each order is handmade, they may vary slightly from photos.


The delivery options for this item are listed below (if it doesn't state 'Express delivery' then that option is not available for this product). As soon as you place your order, this small business will spring into action, get it ready and send it out... (and you can feel wonderful for supporting them).

Delivery options available

Standard delivery: included
Receive it by 7th - 9th December

Express delivery: £5.00
Receive it by 5th - 6th December

For more information about delivery or returning items, please take a look at our Delivery & Returns page.

Lisa Swerling at work in her Glass Cathedrals studio

Glass Cathedrals

Tufnell park, London

I’m Lisa Swerling, an artist making miniature worlds in boxes called Glass Cathedrals. Inspired by the power of the miniature to communicate big ideas and emotions, I've spent nearly twenty years making thousands of artboxes - in Cape Town, California, and now London.

Described as "little pockets of joy", Glass Cathedrals remind us that we are all the heroes of our own stories, and that finding delight in small moments is a superpower we can turn on in the blink of an eye.