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Game of Thrones Opening from 7,600 Moleskine Paper Pieces

Direction/Set Design/Animation/Post Production
Director of Photography: Patrizio Saccò
Graphics: Dadomani, Carlo Gazzi
Set Building: Dadomani, Linda Vallone
Music: Ramin Djawadi
Sound Fx: Dadomani
Client: Moleskine

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Rudolph paper model
Rudolph is waiting for you! 

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Coronelli’s Celestial paper Globe (Christmas Ornament version)

coronelli_portrait_2Vincenzo Coronelli (August 16, 1650 – December 9, 1718) was a Franciscan friar, cosmographer, cartographer, publisher, and encyclopedist known in particular for his atlases and globes. He spent most of his life in Venice. He produced celestial and terrestrial globes of different sizes and was one of the leading representatives of Italian globemaking art. His more noteworthy productions include the two entirely manuscript globes of about four meters in diameter built for Louis XIV (1638-1715), King of France. He drew many geographic maps published in atlases including the Atlante veneto (Venice, 1691) and the Isolario (1696-98). In about 1684, he founded the Accademia Cosmografica degli Argonauti in Venice. But Coronelli was not only a mapmaker. In fact, he took an interest in many areas of science. A fairly well known figure across Europe, he played a lively part in the scientific discussions over the astronomical discoveries of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), and Isaac Newton (1642-1727). He was also a friend of eminent scientists of his day such as Edmond Halley (1656-1742) and Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1625-1712). [Museo Galileo – Institute and Museum of the History of Science, Florence (Italy)]

Coronelli paper globe

Coronelli was the first globe-maker to produce an atlas of globes. Such was his Libro dei Globi, first published in 1697. Within the covers of a book he provided a record of all the globes he had made, from the smallest, the 2-inch printed globes, to the largest, the 15-foot MS globes made in Paris and presented in 1583 to King Louis XIV of France. The Libro dei Globi thus combined the two cartographic art-forms in which Coronelli excelled, the atlas and the globe. [H. Wallis. Coronelli’s Libro dei Globi. British Museum, London, 1969]

In the present celestial paper globe, the gores for the 15-foot version were scanned at high resolution and reduced to form a 15 cm diameter globe. A blue background and a yellow color to the stars were added.

This celestial paper globe is part of the project “Remaking the Heavens“.

download Coronelli's Celestial Globe

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Cassini’s Celestial paper Globe on AstroMedia

I’m proud to announce that my project of Cassini’s Celestial paper Globe (Christmas Ball version) has just been published in a nice hard copy version by AstroMedia, specialized in cardboard kits of scientific instruments and models.

Cassini paper globe. AstroMedia

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“Remaking the Heavens” /2. Scan, prototype, and the North Pole

Almost two years already passed since I published my first (and last) post on “Remaking the Heavens”. Well, I worked on it, but not enough…


The first thing I did was to scan the pages of the “Libro dei Globi”. That book contains several series of celestial (and terrestrial, too) gores for making globes of different size. I chose the series with maximum size, since it allows to reach optimum image resolution. Due to the size of the book (35×51 cm), and to ensure optimal results, I have committed the job to a professional firm (Be.One.Digital). Three types of images (.tiff) were produced: colored (as it is), grey scale, and b/n. The b/n version resulted the best in terms of definition and clearness, suitable for being colored. 

Then, I prepared the 3D model of the sphere (24 half-gores with 36 meridional segments). I decided to subdivide the sphere into 24 gores, instead of the classical 12 gores in order to improve the spherical shape of the globe. The assembling procedure will be longer, but the gores will be easier to handle.

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Functioning ‘mechanical gears’ seen in nature for the first time

Previously believed to be only man-made, a natural example of a functioning gear mechanism has been discovered in a common insect – showing that evolution developed interlocking cogs long before we did.

See the research article by M. Burrows and G. Sutton in Science, and a report in the Research section of the University of Cambridge website

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40,000 Years of London’s history made entirely of paper

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Fabergé paper Egg

paperpino fabergé paper egg

Note: texture modified from the original by 3DTaxi

A Fabergé egg (Russian: Яйца Фаберже́; yaytsa faberzhe) is one of a limited number of jeweled eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé and his company between 1885 and 1917. The most famous are those made for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers, often called the ‘Imperial’ Fabergé eggs. The House of Fabergé made about 50 eggs, of which 43 have survived. Two more were planned for Easter 1918, but were not delivered, due to the Russian Revolution. [from Wikipedia]


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Giant RRC in Cleveland

Christopher Busta-Peck at the Langston Hughes branch of Cleveland Public Library built this giant version of my Rolling Reels Circus “for the enjoyment of children and adults alike“.

Video by Ron English.

It is a work in progress – further work will involve running the device off of an electric motor as well as use of the driveshaft to power other types of paper automata, Christopher said.

Thank you, Christopher, I like it very much!

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