Japanese graphic designer and architect Yusuke Oono is a favorite here at the Met, and with good reason – his laser-cut storybooks are incredible! One of Oono's recent creations is a dramatic retelling of Jack in the Beanstalk that's depicted in a stunning 3D object. It can be fanned out in a full 360 degrees, and this allows you to explore the narrative in multiple ways.
Cut from bright green paper are a giant's hands, winding vines, and of course, Jack. The center of the book radiates to form a complex and intricate beanstalk that highlights a path to the sky. Jack's silhouetted figure is seen racing towards the ground as a large set of hands try to catch him. In addition to the main characters, Oono added other great details like birds resting calmly on vines.
Jack in the Beanstalk is comprised of 40 images that were created using 3D CAD software, which is the same type of program used in architecture design. All of the action is contained within a rectangular, page-like shape, and entire thing collapses to look like an inconspicuous text that has an awesome surprise beneath its cover.