The book is finished

although I plan to do it again. I still want better card stock and better craftsmanship. Here's the book, closed.

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The closure, on the left, is fragile, even worse than I anticipated, so I want to figure out another way to do it.

Back view:

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That's the Allegheny River at the back end of the tunnel. Here is the wrapper opened.

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The same closure works this way, also, finishing the back of the book when it is open. A view from above:

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Photographing this thing is a nightmare. I no longer have proper backdrops or the lighting. Here is the front of the open book with the wrapper loosely encircling it.

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With the two flaps opened you can look into the book. Here you can see four or five of the ten pages.

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Unlike some of the commercial tunnel books much of this one has to be seen from above and as with many other books, each page, or group of pages, has to be seen serially. A few more pictures:

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Here is why I want to do it again. Each of the pages should be flat, no curves, with sharp creases and no gaps. 
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8 comments

  1. Alice · October 21, 2011

    Ruth, I know absolutely nothing about book making, but this stuns me! What planning and thought would be needed in such an ambitious project as this. I think it’s absolutely stunning!

  2. The Subversive Librarian · October 16, 2011

    Oh, wow, Ruthe. It’s seriously cool! I love the multidimensionality of it — with so many ways to view it. Wow!

  3. Karen · October 12, 2011

    Stunning!

  4. Grace · October 3, 2011

    Fascinating and beautiful! You captured the spirit of this place so I feel as though I’ve been there.

  5. Mage Bailey · October 3, 2011

    It’s a powerful piece, dear you. You can hear me clapping and cheering. Yes, I understand sharp corners and flat pages, but this is a dramatic piece and worth every bit of effort you have put into it.
    Yes, we are back. Yes, we loved the Cultural Center, the pizza was not good, but the architecture was wonderful. More later.

  6. Mage Bailey · October 3, 2011

    It’s a powerful piece, dear you. You can hear me clapping and cheering. Yes, I understand sharp corners and flat pages, but this is a dramatic piece and worth every bit of effort you have put into it.
    Yes, we are back. Yes, we loved the Cultural Center, the pizza was not good, but the architecture was wonderful. More later.

  7. MeeLi Lee · October 2, 2011

    Beautiful! It’s a work of art. Hope to see it in person some day!

  8. RAJA · October 2, 2011

    It looks incredible to me. Looking forward to seeing it. don’t worry–I won’t steal your idea!

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