A showpiece of popup design features the numbers one through 10 worked into multileveled constructs of dazzling virtuosity.
Made from brightly colored digits floating over contrasting monochromatic backgrounds (with increasing numbers of tiny ladybugs scattered throughout as extras), the pop-ups range from a die-cut “1” that rotates into place and a pair of “2”s folding out from behind a screen to phalanxes of “9”s and “10”s floating up as their spreads open. From a paper-engineering point of view, the interlocking “5”s and “8”s are particularly mind-bending—but every opening provides initial surprises, plenty of angles and spaces to explore and a rich visual experience. Though too fragile to survive long in the hands of the diapered brigade or on open library shelves, Moerbeek’s creations will stand up to, and reward, repeated careful use.
A grand way to promote art appreciation, as well as numeracy. (Pop-up. 5-12, adult)