Where do we go now?
Leviathan
Shezad Dawood, 2017

Where do we go now? 
Composite resin and polychromatic paint
140 x 100 × 80 cm

A Tale of a Tub is inspired by the engravings and illustrations accompanying Jonathan Swift´s 1704 pamphlet of the same name. Swift´s work is a response to Thomas Hobbes´s Leviathan, one of the first treatises on the nature of legitimate government. In this work, the whale represents the beast of the State, which threatens to destroy the vessel, prompting the sailors  to throw overboard a barrel (or ‘tub’), representing their labour (or ‘capital’) to distract it. Factum Arte prepared a 3D digital model based on the engravings, which was subsequently 3D printed  and cast in composite resin. The cast was then coated in polychromatic paint.

  • Engravings and illustrations of Jonathan Swift´s 1704 pamphlet A Tale of a Tub
  • Swift´s work is a response to Thomas Hobbes´s Leviathan
  • 3D model of the sculpture
  • Detail of the 3D model
  • The sculpture was cast in composite resin with polychromatic paint
  • Final sculpture
  • Detail
  • Installation view, Image courtesy of the artist and Leviathan - Human & Marine Ecology

Leviathan
Edition of 10
Resin and ferric acid 
10,5 × 41 × 12 cm

The painting The Whale Beached between Scheveningen and Katwijk, with Elegant Sightseers by Esaias van de Velde (1617) was a point of departure for the Leviathan sculptures. Factum Arte´s Irene Gaumé prepared a 3D model combining the 17th Century Dutch work with a 1956 film version of Moby Dick by John Huston. Representing Capitan Ahab doomed in deathly embrace with the white whale, Dawood's work suggest the need to find a more radical, positivist vision of co-habiting between human and marine species. The printed 3D model served as the basis for a silicone mould, which was cast in iron filled resin. The sculpture was coated ferric acid to obtain an aged appearance.

  • The painting The Whale Beached between Scheveningen and Katwijk, with Elegant Sightseers by Esaias van de Velde (1617)
  • Gregory Peck as Capitain Ahab in John Huston´s adaptation of Moby Dick
  • 3D model updating van de Velde´s work
  • The 3D render combines details from the XVII century painting and a film adaptation of Moby Dick
  • Silicone mould of the printed 3D model
  • Casting the mould in iron filled resin
  • Leviathan: cast in iron filled resin
  • The Leviathan sculptures were coated with ferric acid
  • Leviathan, details
  • Leviathan, details

 

 

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