The virtual exhibition 'Shezad Dawood: Nets' at Timothy Taylor's online viewing room (5 November – 12 December 2020) presents an edition of Hybrid I, a coral sculpture which aims to raise attention to recent climate and biodiversity research, exploring the intersection of technology and species’ ecosystems.
A specimen of Acropora loripes based on Professor Madeleine Van Oppen's experiments with hybrid coral was used as a reference for Factum's 3D artist Irene Gaumé to create a digital model, which was 3D printed in sections at Factum Arte and then cast in bronze. As per request of Shezad Dawood, both the artwork and its polyurethane base were coated in a complex combination of paints with fluorescent areas.
Matt Marshall removing the strings from the 3D print © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte
Hybrid I in Factum's workshops © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte
Hybrid I under natural light © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte
Hybrid I in the dark, showing the fluorescent effect © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte
Shezad Dawood, Hybrid I, 2020, bronze with custom luminescent paint finish, each edition uniquely hand painted, 25 x 25 x 19,5 cm. Courtesy of the Artist and Timothy Taylor, London