That’s the definitive answer that Jay Do, ’20, a business major and art history minor, gave when asked whether this piece, called Orihon, is, in fact, a book.

“Absolutely,” he said. “This is a contemporary version of something traditional.”

Do was part of a spring semester class that visited Jen Thomas in Boatwright Library’s Book Arts Studio, where Thomas asked students to consider the nature of books. This one “uses images to tell a story, similar to a graphic novel or some children’s books,” she said.

Orihon’s creator is the artist and futurist Tom Burtonwood, who printed its first iteration in 2013 using a computer program and photographs of sculptures to create the technical specs, which he also published. Thomas gave Burtonwood's specs to Fred Hagemeister in information systems, who printed this copy on a 3D printer in Boatwright for her visit with the class.

“As the sampler was to hip-hop, so the 3D printer is to sculpture and designed objects,” he wrote. “Just as blogs disrupted publishing and smart phones changed communications, so 3D printing, scanning, and modeling will transform the world of objects and the services that surround them.”