The water cycle explained through some ingenious animated paper sculpture

Posted by James Cartwright,

Ain’t it grand when people collaborate? Yeah it is. Especially when those collaborators have niche skills that unite to produce something bigger than the sum of their parts. Photographer Chris Turner, animator Jess Deacon and paper sculptor extraordinaire Helen Friel have just finished work on a beautiful piece of animation that tells the story of the modern water cycle through the medium of an ingeniously animated pop-up book. Unlike the water cycle of my own childhood, this one travels in reverse, from the kitchen tap right back to stormy dark rainclouds, and illustrates this pre-school geography staple with real flair, gently reminding us of the intricacies of a process we so often take for granted.

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    Chris Turner, Jess Deacon and Helen Friel: Revolution

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    Chris Turner, Jess Deacon and Helen Friel: Revolution

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    Chris Turner, Jess Deacon and Helen Friel: Revolution

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    Chris Turner, Jess Deacon and Helen Friel: Revolution

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Posted by James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our two editors. He oversees Printed Pages magazine and content wise has a special interest in graphic design and illustration. He also runs our online shop Company of Parrots and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.