The City Within by Toronto-based artist Natalie Draz is a brilliant artists’ book and city map simultaneously. This kinetic piece is housed in a plain pine box with what first appears to be an irregularly shaped booklet , but expands into a freestanding rib-cage structure juxtaposing letterpress and intaglio prints. Draz’s city in a box is based on elements of downtown Montreal. The video below shows the artist interacting with one of the limited edition books:
Cities and maps are common inspirations in Natalie Draz’s work, as she “illustrates and papercuts cities that exist between reality and her own perspectives”. Check her website for more of her terrific work and to find out how to own some for yourself.