Students Planted Giant Flip Books in a New Hampshire Forest (Video)
TUCKED AWAY IN the forests of New Hampshire, somewhere just outside of Strafford, is a family of giant metal boxes. Each one is filled with 50 drawings and rigged with a system of gears that lets you crank through the images with the turn of a handle. As the illustrations flip past, they combine to form a simple animation. They’re like those flip books you used to play with as a kid, only much, much bigger.
“As far as we know, these are the world’s largest mechanical flipbooks ever made,” says Chee-Kit Lai, director of Mobile Studio. The London architecture firm collaborated with Beam Camp—a New Hampshire summer camp dedicated to teaching kids about creativity through building andmaking—to design the kinetic sculptures, which they call Universal Play Machines.
They rely on the same mechanics as split-flap displays, the beloved (and increasingly rare) signs at airports and train stations that clack when their flaps spin to display arrival and departure times.