Laocoön Fragments
Quayola, 2016 - 2017
Iron resin sculptures

In November 2016, the Italian artist, Quayola, commissioned Factum Arte to produce a series of works based on 3D scans of the famous sculpture in the Vatican Museum Laocoön and His Sons. Using custom-made software in his studio in London, Quayola broke down the figure of the scanned sculpture into fragments of simplified and magnified 3D data.

Laocoön Fragments on a mirror-polished stainless steel plate installed in Art Brussels (2016)

The fragments were 3D printed through a process known as selective laser sintering (SLS), in which a laser heats plastic particles below their melting point, fusing them together into a single, solid object. Once printed in three-dimensions, all surface inconsistencies were smoothed and silicone moulds were subsequently taken in preparation for casting in an iron-filled epoxy resin. 

  • 3D print prototype
  • Silicone moulds were made for each 3D print
  • Smoothing the surface of the 3D print

All fragments were chemically treated for a patina effect, while the geometric sections were further treated to halt the oxidation process and obtain a more dramatic effect.

  • Quayola and Factum Arte´s Francesco Cigognetti observing Fragments before patina application
  • Casted Fragments
  • The piece after oxidation
  • Fragments exhibited at Bitforms Gallery (NY) from February to April 2017

 Fragments exhibited in Art Brussels 2016

Two Fragments were on display at the Bitforms Gallery stand in Art Brussels on April 21- 24, 2016.

Six Fragments  will be exhibited at the Bitforms Gallery (NY) from February 25 - April 9,  2017.

Visit Quayola´s webpage.

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