American artist Alexis Arnold grows crystals on books to create stunning effects. She uses laundry detergent to create the crystals which appear after the books are soaked in hot water and left to dry. When selecting objects to crystallize she was mostly concerned with objects that had lost their function or place, and printed books were fitting into this category more and more. Ms Arnold said she decided to start crystallizing books and the following day came across eight boxes of wonderful, old books on the side of the road. The reaction to her work and the interpretations vary but often the growth of the crystals symbolizes growth through childhood as many of the works are children’s fiction.