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Pop-up wooden buildings by Uli Kirchler

11 Oct 2019
By Anna Marks

On first glance, Oregon-based woodworker Uli Kirchler’s work appears like a smooth piece of multi-textural wood, but with a flick of a wrist, pop-up wooden castles instantly launch out from the polished wooden block. 


Using pieces of wood — from Oregan and California — Kirchler first dries the wood, then carves pop-up towers into it which he calls his ‘Very Hidden Castles.’ 


Kirchler's kinetic sculptural forms are developed via a process of carefully carving multi-story buildings that smoothly collapse and expand into the burls of wood when quickly moved up and down. 


You can see more of Kirchler 's designs in action on his Instagram page.


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