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This Interactive Pop-Up Book Turns Into Six Fully-Functioning Devices

This Book is a Planetarium Pop Up Book Kelli Anderson

Given her affinity for “simple things that don’t behave as expected,” it comes as no surprise that designer Kelli Anderson has adopted the pop-up book as her main muse. While many of her past projects—including her pinhole camera—exist as stand-alone pieces, she has recently opted to compile her “paper devices” into books, like This Book Is a Planetarium and Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions.

Part pop-up book and part cabinet of curiosities, This Book Is a Planetarium puts a playful spin on hands-on learning. As you leaf through the one-of-a-kind compilation, you’ll find that each page transforms into a fully-functional gizmo, including a portable planetarium, a minimalist musical instrument, a spellbinding spiralgraph, a fun decoder ring, a handy speaker, and a never-ending calendar. Each pop-up is accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions and informative text, culminating in a collection of experiments that are as artistic as they are educational.

This Book Is a Planetarium was inspired by Anderson’s observations of the modern material world—and, consequently, a piece of nostalgia for the simplicity of the past. “In their clunky way of functioning, the past’s technology served this unacknowledged secondary function to humanity: these objects helped us glimpse—and therefore connect to—the magic of the physical world.”

Perfect for thinkers and tinkerers of all ages, This Book Is a Planetarium and Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions is available in the My Modern Met Store.

This Book is a Planetarium transforms into a portable projector that illuminates the constellations.

This Book is a Planetarium Pop Up Book Kelli Anderson

It also transforms into 5 other gizmos and gadgets, including a string instrument…

This Book is a Planetarium Pop Up Book Kelli Anderson

Spiralgraph…

This Book is a Planetarium Pop Up Book Kelli Anderson

Decoder ring…

This Book is a Planetarium Pop Up Book Kelli Anderson

Speaker…

This Book is a Planetarium Pop Up Book Kelli Anderson

And a perpetual calendar.

This Book is a Planetarium Pop Up Book Kelli Anderson

You can find this creative pop-up book in the My Modern Met Store.

This Book is a Planetarium Pop Up Book Kelli Anderson

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.

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