Dec.13, 2013

Chilean artist Sebastian Errazuriz has had a string of unhappy relationships. At least that's what the messages we could receive from his recent work "12 Shoes for 12 Lovers". In collaboration with the shoe brand Melissa, Errazuriz created a series of 12, 3-D printed shoe on a MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer. And these sculptures are inspired by his former romantic relationships.

Each shoe has its own accompanying story and name, like "Heart breaker," "The Boss," "The Ghost," "Gi Jane," "Hot Bitch," and "Gold Digger" etc. "When I started this process I never imagined where it would end up, it's been infinitely more complex, revealing, and difficult than I thought," writes the artist. It is the first time he employed 3D printing in his designs. The shoes are created over the course of a year and printed on a Makerbot, and then he sanded, primed, and painted them.

In an interview with Core77, Errazuriz said, "The shoes are theoretically all functional, but I envisioned them as little sculptures. They are creative exercises that are not tied to requirements of any sort. The shoes have the potential of being mass produced, which is why it was so important for me to work with digital files and 3D printing."

When he was asked if he'd gotten any responses from exes, he said:"I have. "Honey" was very touched and said she didn't know she had that impact on me. "Heart Breaker" wrote me an email to say she didn't know if she should feel incredibly embarrassed, enraged or honored but that if I ever revealed her real name she would kill me. "Gold Digger" hates my guts."

12 Shoes for 12 Lovers is on display at the Melissa Pop Up Shop on 830 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida from 5 December until 5 January 2014.


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