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Free 3D-Printed Book Features Louis Sullivan's Lost Works

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An unorthodox new book featuring early work by city planning genius and skyscraper guru Louis Sullivan puts the work of the architectural pioneer in your hands. The best part? It's free. A new publication by Chicago professor and artist Tom Burtonwood, Twenty Something Sullivan, features scans of ornamentation Sullivan designed early in his career, many of which are lost. Arranged around a central spine, the block-like reliefs provide a tactile, three-dimensional way to experience Sullivan's designs, and potentially a new model for preservation and education. The entire project is available at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1092050, allowing anybody to download and print out their own copy (the printouts can also be used as molds to replicate the reliefs in Play-Doh). Burtonwood, who has done similar projects which feature ancient Egyptian design, collaborated with City of Chicago cultural historian Tim Samuelson on this project, utilizing old photos to recreate lost works in a way that was more immediate (and much more portable).

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