How can a book illuminate constellations, play music, and create spirograph drawings? This stop-motion promo video for the pop-up book This Book is a Planetarium demonstrates how… and introduces a few scientific concepts along the way. From Chronicle Books:
Defying every expectation of what a book can be, this pop-up extravaganza transforms into six fully functional tools: a real working planetarium projecting the constellations, a musical instrument complete with strings for strumming, a geometric drawing generator, an infinite calendar, a message decoder, and even a speaker that amplifies sound.
A fresh and artful take on some age-old scientific wonders, the book was an ambitious challenge for Brooklyn-based artist and designer Kelli Anderson. Go behind-the-scenes with her and her paper prototypes:
You can find it at ThisBookIsAPlanetarium.com or on Amazon, along with one of Anderson’s 2015 endeavors: This Book is a Camera.We love pop-ups and paper craft! Next, watch this tiny balloon-powered organ made from paper & cardboard, SciFri’s Engineering the Perfect Pop, easy paper card pop-up tutorials for kids, and Haruki Nakamura’s surprising paper karakuri animals.
Previously from Anderson: Paper to Plants, a stop-motion paper film.
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