In an unexpected but effective mix of unlikely media, Toronto-based artist Talwst has created a series of miniature dioramas inside of antique ring boxes that capture wide array of scenes from various historical periods.

According to the artist, the idea for this series of miniature dioramas came about when a street vendor in Paris handed him an antique ring box and told him “I want to see what you make with this.” Talwst created a scene of a figure emerging from the sea and has been creating tiny scenes ever since.

The antique nature of the ring boxes he uses, as well as subtle details used in his tiny dioramas, help drive home his focus on history; “I want the viewer to open the box and feel they have been transported to another world,” he told the Guardian.

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