Jul.9, 2013

Visitors to the America's playground: Coney Island in southwestern Brooklyn, New York City can now get their very own 3D Mini Me at Coney Island Scan-A-Rama, a pop-up 3D scanning portrait studio.

Coney Island Scan-A-Rama project, launched by Brooklyn based artist and impresario Fred Kahl, a.k.a. the Great Fredini, is an art project to scan and produce 3D printed portraits of the masses of people who visit Coney Island.

Kahl's goal is to design and 3D print a replica of Coney Island's famed Luna Park, as it stood a hundred years ago, and populate it with portraits from the studio.

"Coney Island has always been the place where cutting edge technology is presented as entertainment. Inventions like the elevator, electric light bulb, Hot Dogs and the rollercoaster found their first audiences here," says Kahl. "I wanted to update the art of amusement park portraiture for the 21st century. In the past you would have had a caricature drawn, silhouette cut or a photo taken. Well, that technology has barely changed in 100 years… Until now!"

Kahl is the Creative Director of Interactivity and Gaming at powerhouse New York design studio Funny Garbage. Over the last few years, Kahl has been obsessed with 3D printing. He has created his own custom hardware and a workflow for creating perfect full body 3D scans using an Xbox Kinect game controller to capture the 3D image of his subjects. He is now ready to bring that technology to the public and is mounting a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $15,000 he needs to build a "bot farm" in support of his new venture.

For this project, Kahl has devised custom hardware and a workflow to create perfect full body 3D scans that can be ready for 3D printing in minutes. At the end of this campaign, his hardware will be made open source.

The project is the latest in non-profit art center Coney Island USA's Artist Incubator program. The Scan-A-Rama portrait studio will culminate with a 2014 exhibition of portraits in the miniature reconstruction of 2014 Luna Park.

For more information or to back the project, visit Coney Island Scan-A-Rama project page on Kickstarter.

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