This amazing interactive paper sculpture introduces a beautiful new way of storytelling.

“The Wild” is the design of Brooklyn-based Illustrator and Paper Engineer Simon Arizpe. Originally from Tuscon, Arizona, Arizpe gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts at New York’s Pratt Institute, Department of Communication Design, Brooklyn, in 2006.
Since then, he has worked on beautiful pop-up books for Lucas Film, Scholastic, and Simon & Schusters.

Now, he is bringing his paper engineering talents to a completely new way of storytelling: a paper sculpture that allows the “reader” to interact with it.

Story Telling by Paper

Like something that has been lifted from a beautiful pop-up book, “The Wild” is a paper sculpture that one can manipulate to reveal new images: a bear, a fish, a river.

Every manipulation of the paper reveals a new part of the simple story of the bear and the fish, the fish’s attempted escape in the river, and the final scene of the fish ending up in the bear’s mouth.

The beautiful illustration is the real delight – and has required no special finishes such as foil stamping or spot UV to captivate audiences.

Sabine Lenz of Paper Specs, an online magazine of inspiration and information for creatives who love print, describes the artwork as “a wonderful combination of art, object, illustration, and puzzle.”

From Kickstarter to the Smithsonian

Following more than two years of designing, prototyping, and testing, “The Wild” started as project on Kickstarter, where an investment pledge of just $25 would secure one copy (including shipping to anywhere in the world).

In the search to create as durable and high-quality a product as possible, Arizpe chose to work with Thai printers, Sirivatana Interprint of Thailand. He says: “The manufacturer I have chosen to work with is an industry leader in the field”.

The effort has paid off: “The Wild” has received an award from the Society of Illustrators, and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. A copy is now in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Library and the library of the School of Visual Arts.

“The delight,” says Sabine Lenz of Paper Specs, “is in the detail and in the engineering.”
See her complete review of the paper pop-up here.