Laocoön Sculpture
Quayola
Pulverised White Marble; 230 HEIGHT x 123 WIDTH x 130 LENGTH cm

Quayola with his Laocoön sculpture on display in the lobby of One Canada Square, Canary Wharf London
©Todd White Photography

Quayola is a visual artist based in London. His work explores photography, geometry, time-based digital sculptures and immersive audiovisual installations and performances. He deconstructs architecture and historic artworks to then rebuild them. Factum Arte, in collaboration with Davide Quayola, has created a digital re-interpretation of a Laocoön, produced in resin with marble powder. Quayola investigates the paradigms of the old and the new, the real and the artificial. His artistic practice often explores how we look at original masterpieces and collections – particularly the tension that exists between primary experience and a mediated viewpoint. Crafting a peculiar distance from his subjects, Quayola engages visual analysis and geometry, often working across the platforms of audio-visual performance, drawing, photography and software programming. 

Laocoön consists in a series of digital and physical sculptures based on the Hellenic baroque masterpiece Laocoön and His Sons.
Made of bespoke marble-filled resin, the sculptures are the result of complex digital simulations and experiments with virtual and physical prototyping technologies. Performing an archaeology of future-pasts, Laocoön proposes a hybrid vision – traversing code, model and monument, the corporeal and the hyperreal. 
The first large-scale sculpture of the series, produced in collaboration with Factum Arte, is on display in London from the 25th of April to the 24th of June 2016 in the lobby of One Canada Square, Canary Wharf.

Milling polyuretane prototype 

Assembled prototype

  • Moulding

Removing the mould 

Final work after the casting 

Quayola's Laocoön installed in London, April 2016
©Todd White Photography

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