If you ever wax nostalgic for the old iconic railway station flipboards like the one pictured above from Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, you are going to love this story.
Chee-Kit Lai, founder of Mobile Studio Architects, has created what may be the world’s largest flipbook at Kanazawa Art Center in Japan. Installed in the center’s garden, the flipbook basically scales up the split-flap display technology used in old-school rail station departure boards. Gallery visitors can operate it via a large mechanical crank. Turning the crank rotates the book to flip the pages, setting in motion a hand-drawn animated sequence showing a kingfisher bird diving into water.
The individual animation frames were created by 100 participants in art workshops, held locally in Tokyo and online, with illustrations final received from contributors in Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nagano and London.
The animation shows the moment a kingfisher bird dives into the water to catch a fish. As the bird dives into the water it breaks the blank surface of the drawing to create a splash of colors. You can see how the flipbook was created and watch it in action via the film below.