Since my love for all things paper runs deep, one of the best treasures I saw while visiting DC was this scale model of the city— made entirely from paper and cardboard! I love making 3D books and pop up cards and I even took a paper engineering workshop awhile back so seeing something like this in person was just so incredible to me.
You can find this 3D map in the Smithsonian Institution Building, but I think it's better known as The Castle— I'm sure you can guess why it's called that?! The beautiful architecture drew us in (along with the hope of air conditioning on that scorching day!) and Shannon and I stared in amazement at this beauty for quite sometime. They even had a separate tactile map of DC with Braille labels— so cool!
Maybe I'm the only person this obsessive about paper, or maybe I'm easily amused, or maybe I'm just really bad at
I really wish I had known about the lack of information at the time. There was so much we were trying to see and do that day so I quickly snapped a few pictures and assumed I could just go home and read more about it later on the Internet. But lo and behold— that was not the case. In fact, I had such a hard time even finding any info on it that I was starting to think I had dreamed it all up! I had a total Dorothy moment— did I really fly to DC and ride a giant carousal with my best friend and see a tiny paper city?
But I had pictures to prove its magnificence! So then I thought maybe I had misremembered and it wasn't really made out of paper. Then what was it made of?! What if I told everyone the wrong story? So I did the
Maybe I missed a brochure? Maybe I missed a plaque? Maybe I should've gotten a tour guide? Maybe there is more info and I'm just an incompetent jerk? I don't even know who made this thing?! I definitely should've taken more pictures. But I'm still amazed by it and I couldn't not share it! Soooooo basically 1. Never assume you can just go home and read about things on the internet and 2. If you have any info about this cool thing then pass it along my way ;-)
Have you been to DC? Have you seen this tiny paper wonderland?! If you ever get the chance you should definitely see it— it's just so neat!