Carousel, A Musical Pop Up
By Michael Henninger
Oakland, California: Rat Art Press, 2013. Edition of 25.

12.6 x 12.6 x 1.6" cloth-covered box containing 33? LP and 4 x 4 x 4.75" pop-up. Pop-up has inkjet printing on paper plus hand and computer cutting. Title on box cover. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Michael Henninger: "Carousel: A Musical Pop-Up is a pop-up that opens to create a Carousel (aka Merry-Go-Round) with six animals: two horses, a giraffe, a goat, a stork, and a tiger. The pop-up may be enjoyed by itself, but the preferred presentation, or 'reading,' mode is along with the enclosed vintage LP record of carousel music (e.g., Band Organ, Calliope). The pop-up should be placed on top of the record on a phonograph and played; in this way the carousel spins while accompanied by the music.

"This book is the result of a long standing interest in non-textual modes of communication used in books in general and in Artist’s Books in particular. Carousel is influenced by, and a response to, audio books, author readings, greeting cards with sound chips, and, of course, actual carousel rides.

"The animal artwork was inspired by the historic Tilden Park Carousel in Berkeley, CA. Digital illustrations were created in vector form so that scaling down to final size would preserve a maximum amount of detail. Digital printing and a combination of hand and computer cutting were used to make the pop-up."