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"Jack in the Beanstalk" Retold Through a 3D Laser-Cut Storybook

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.

Yusuke Oono website
via [Colossal]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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