Nov.17, 2014

Miguel Chevalier has focused exclusively on computers as an artistic means of expression since 1978. He is known internationally as one of the pioneers of virtual and digital art. He has realized many exhibitions and virtual-reality installations for galleries, museums and public spaces around the world and has proven himself one of the most significant artists on the contemporary scene. The sculpture "Janus 2013" is part of his interactive virtual-reality installation "Terra Incognita 2010", exhibited at MIS in São Paulo in Brazil.

Janus, 2013, Miguel Chevalier
Sculpture executed via 3D Printing in Silica Sand and Resin
1 x 1 x 1 m
Courtesy Louise Alexander Gallery, Porto Cervo (Italy)

But now 3D printing is allowing Miguel Chevalier to give material form to his virtual universes, which is a genuine revolution in the world of sculpture.

The two-faced Janus was the Roman god of the beginning and the end, who can gaze into the past and towards the future at the same time. Inspired by ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, "Janus 2013" is a pixelized or "voxelized" (3D pixel) depiction of that ancient god. With this 3D printed sculpture, Miguel Chevalier wants to underline the omnipresence of digital art in our society and shows that the digital arts are in continuity with the history of arts since Antiquity.

The execution of this unusual order was done with the large-format VX4000 3D printer at the Voxeljet service center. The powerful industrial 3D printer has a build volume of up to 8 m³, and was able to print the whole sculpture (with the dimensions of 1000 x 1000 x 820 mm) in one single piece.

To keep the weight of the piece to a reasonable 120 kg, the artwork was created with a wall thickness of approximately 25 mm and has been designed to be hollow inside. After printing, the head was filled with epoxy resin. With the high performance and large capacity of the VX4000, the printing time for the complete sculpture amounted to approximately 40 hours. Chevalier said he was was very pleased with the printing quality and with the short delivery time of only two weeks after the data was received.

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Maybe you also like: wrote at 11/17/2014 5:13:36 PM:

Thats absolutety amazing!

Bill C wrote at 11/17/2014 5:01:19 PM:

It's an expensive process to use for what everyone will initially think is a LEGO sculpture.

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