Created by the world’s leading paper engineer and art director, Gérard Lo Monaco, A Train Journey is a beautifully layered, pop-up celebration of trains. It begins in 1829 with Robert Stephenson’s ‘Rocket’ locomotive, the most advanced of its day, which operated on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. The journey then hits the heights with Manhattan’s elevated railroad: see the trains buzzing and alive among 1900 New York’s distinctive high-rises! Skipping forward to the 1920s, marvel at what was the most powerful locomotive on the London and North Eastern Railway: the ‘Flying Scotsman’, which provided a non-stop daily service from London to Edinburgh. You will then encounter the glamour of the 1930s and 40s on the celebrated Orient Express as it travels between Paris and Istanbul. Finally, you are taken on a sprint to the present to see Japan’s Shinkansen ‘Bullet’ and China’s CHR 400 high-speed intercity trains, travelling at an impressive 320 km/hr.
Including information about each train integrated into the artwork, A Train Journey marvels at, and is a marvel of, engineering over the centuries.
Gérard Lo Monaco is an Argentinian illustrator and paper engineer based in Paris. He has been art director at some of the most prestigious illustrated publishing houses, including Albin Michel and Helium. His pop-up version of The Little Prince has sold over 900,000 copies. His work includes poster designs, album covers and books for children, including contemporary interpretations of Sonia Delaunay and Moby-Dick in pop-up.