Tessa’s Weekly Picks – 3D Printed Sculptures


Tessa Blokland  

Photo: Joshua White

3D printing is becoming a well accepted and integrated technology in design, architecture, and industrial production. But what about the art world? Lately, I see more and more artists use 3D printing, in the iteration process but also as part of the end result.

For example in the latest work of artist Shirley Tse, Negotiated Differences (also top image), which is now presenting at the Venice Biennale in the Hong Kong pavilion. The art piece as the website explains, ‘consists of hundreds of different components, most of them made of wood on a lathe and some, like an ice hockey stick, handcrafted by Tse and one assistant. These are all linked together with 3D-printed joints of plastic, copper or wood filaments, made to form one continuous, disorderly loop with clusters breaking out like rhizomes.’ The explanation continues: ‘A host of paradoxes are embedded in the combination of wood-turning/carving and 3D printing: traditional and new, handcrafted and machine-made, as well as creation by deduction (the carving of wood) versus 3D printing’s making by addition.’ I very much like the ton-sur-ton combinations of the different materials in the space; I am very curious how it looks like in real.

The second series of 3D printed sculptures are from Sebastian ErraZurizThe Beginning of The End. ‘He uses rendered prints and 3D modeled sculptures that have been 3D printed to attempt to portray a new pantheon of today’s most important technological forces. The exhibition presents technology as an artistic medium to explore the future of automation and its inevitable implications on society during the upcoming decades.’

The sculpture of Adam Nathaniel Furman is less of a sinister prediction and because of the colors is much more playful. The sculpture is 3D printed and used for a short animation created for UK broadcaster ITV. Furman explains to Dezeen: ‘I designed through hand drawings, and then developed the designs in detail on computer. I then worked with fabricators Lee3d to figure out a way to 3D print these large sculptures in many parts out of pigmented plaster.’

The last 3D printed sculpture is called Sci-Fi Sprinter. It is a life-size sculpture of a running woman, designed by Igor Zimmermann and 3D printed and painted by WE DO for Nike in 2014.

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Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your own 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.

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