I created this beauty using the principles of Robert Sabuda's Frankenstein. I almost went so far as to make his comb-over pop-up as well, but diplomacy and my better angels won out.
When a QR code in my book is scanned, this illuminated pop-up glows steadily while a LilyPad buzzer plays the tune "This Land is Your Land" (see video). While my subject matter may not be to everyone's liking, I take solace in the juxtaposition between a welcoming Woody Guthrie anthem (played on a tinny buzzer) and the image of a divisive wall.
My biggest take-away in constructing this pop-up was that paper circuitry may be used as more than just a tool of personal expression, but an instrument of political commentary. I found the experience cathartic.
From a technical perspective, conductive fabric works very well for pop-ups with folds that need to bend a lot.
|I used conductive fabric tape in places where the copper needed to bend.|
In the future, if I'm going to continue making illuminated pop-ups, I'll need to better design my books to accommodate the added bulk.
|This is the back view of the pop-up, prior to being glued down|