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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, 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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