I’m working on a paper on my research topic of locative media and DIY (Do-it-yourself) urbanism. I find the topic exciting but an effort to put together.
So on the theme of DIY urbanism here is an applicable item from the Collection:
This postcard can be cut and assembled into a tiny three-dimensional replica of the French castle, Chateau d’Amboise.
Talk about tough to put together! Even if I could bare to cut this postcard apart, I don’t think I’d ever be able to construct it. The back side offers instructions:
“Chateau d’Amboise (Indre-et-Loire)
Construit au XV et XVI siecle.
Build this 3-dimensional postcard. You only need a mat knife (X-acto) to cut out the pieces and a tube of adhesive glue. Start by lightly scoring with the knife all the lines to be folded (dottled lines and also the interior edges of the tabs). Notice the two diferent fold – – – and X.”
“Dear Glen. The weather in southern France and in the Loire Valley was fantastic – but for most of my time in Paris it rained. Still, I had lot of fun. I stayed 4 weeks. How was Greece? I’m back in Berlin now, doing lots of reading for my exams in the fall. In a week I’ll be on a short trip into East Germany and North German. Then in July I’ll travel in [unknown] my parents. Hope all is well with you. Keep in touch.”