The Book of Imaginary Beings


This Anglo-Argentine project is inspired by the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges and his Book of Imaginary Beings (in Spanish, El libro de los seres imaginarios). The book contains brief descriptions of 120 beasts from mythology and folklore, including creatures that may be quite familiar to us (like unicorns and hippogriffs) and others that may not be (like the monkey of the inkpot and the tigers of Annam).

In March 2021, art and design students from Cambridge School of Art and Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, teamed up to create collages of the imaginary beings constructed from public domain images. We hope to extend this project in 2021/22 towards a book and exhibitions in both territories.

︎ Read the design brief here /
Lea el propósito del proyecto aquí



Visit the project website here



The Alicanto
Milagros Bogo
The Cheshire Cat 
Diana Adriano
The Kami
Rocio Staneika
Scylla
Victoria Medina
Cerberus
Mara Lecoiu
The Minotaur 
Luke Nash
An animal imagined by Kafka
Giuliana Lauria
Nagas
Chelsea Man
An Offspring of Leviathan 
Nikita Leigh

The Fairies
Agustina Zabalegui
The Chinese Unicorn 
Joanne Fu

The Mandrake
Amy Phongtar

The Nymph
Sofia Boccadoro

The Cheshire Cat
Candela Kalipciyan
Chronos or Hercules
Mo Babalola
Garuda
Robyn McCurdy

Abtu and Anet
Milagros Ruiz Berruti
The Rain Bird
Amy England