The pop-up books in the University of Rochester’s new exhibit, “Springing to Life”, do just that– come alive. Pop-up and mechanical books have been around for centuries and their true beauty is on display in the Rush Rhees Library. The books’ pages have been carefully crafted by paper engineers. As you turn each page, the collapsible structures transform into three-dimensional pieces of artwork right before your eyes. Over the years, pop-ups have become more complex with engineers constantly building upon the craft.
The exhibit is curated by Leah Hamilton and displays more than fifty pieces spanning 500 years. Topics range from Christopher Columbus to Star Wars. Check out the video below for a sneak peak:
I’ve never seen a set of books more beautiful and can’t believe the amount of thought that goes into each one. Are you as entranced as I am? Share your thoughts with us below!