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FlipNYC, created by The Beam Center, are solar-powered mechanical flipbooks–probably the largest flipbooks in the world! 

The flipbooks were built by high school students from across New York City, in collaboration with Beam Center staff, architect Chee-Kit Lai (Director of Mobile Studio Architects, London), artist Ebony Bolt, and hundreds of community illustrators. They measure over five feet tall and showcase hundreds of individual images that can be manually rotated, in the spirit of a traditional flipbook.

To create the Flipbooks, Beam Center staff worked with a team of Beam Project Fellows—twelve makers and builders, ages 15 to 18, from across New York City—over a period of several months. The stories featured in the Flipbooks center on personal images and artifacts that Beam Fellows contributed to the FlipNYC Project, and are showcased through 100 sequenced images by Ebony Bolt. Bolt’s images are drawn from inspiration from the fellows, their memories, and their collective urban environment. The broader community also contributed to the project by coloring and tracing images used in the Flipbooks during the Inventgenuity Community Festival in May, held at the Dock Street School.

FlipNYC was on view in the Pearl Street Triangle from June - September 2019.

Presented in partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation’s Art Program.