Astronaut

205 x 120 x 113 cm (H x W x L)
2021

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Factum Arte has been working with artist Michael Kagan on the production of his first sculpture, a 2m bronze astronaut to be presented at the amfAR charity benefit in Cap d'Antibes on 16th July 2021. Kagan is known for his space related oil paintings, and more recently, for his series composed of 3D astronauts.

For his collaboration with Factum Arte, Kagan’s studio sent a 3D model that Factum scaled to 205 x 120 x 113 cm (H x W x L). The files were prepared for 3D printing and the resulting print was used as a positive for the casting process. 

Render of the 3D model © courtesy of the artist

Render of the 3D model © courtesy of the artist

Render of the 3D model © courtesy of the artist

One of the sections of the 3D model ready for printing © courtesy of the artist

One of the sections of the 3D model ready for printing © courtesy of the artist

Using Factum’s new MSLA printer, sections of the astronaut were 3D printed in-house and all pieces were then sent to Fademesa foundry for moulding and casting in bronze. 

The helmet shield was mirror-polished separately and all details were refined by hand before sandblasting and glass bead blasting of the final assembled piece.

The MSLA printer at work on one of the sections © Factum Arte

Results of in-house MSLA 3D Printer (grey) © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Moulding process at Fademesa © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Mould of the helmet © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Extracted bronze cast of different sections of the spacesuit: legs, bust, arms and primary life support system, before sanding © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Sections before and after sanding © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Sanded pieces © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Detail polishing at Fademesa © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Detail polishing at Fademesa © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Before and after detail polishing on the primary life support system section © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Lifting the welded sculpture © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Unfinished astronaut ready for sandblasting © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Sandblasting process at Fademesa © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Michael Kagan inspecting the work © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Detail of the mirror polishing on the helmet © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Finalised Astronaut © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

 


 

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