Eagle

109 x 321 x 528 cm
2021

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For his solo show at Frieze 2021 with ATHR Gallery (13 – 17 October 2021), Ahmed Mater presented a new body of work that analyses the ways in which "surveillance technologies have become an omnipresent impetus in encamping remote geographies, drastically transforming the principal rule of conflict". Eagle is the artist's most recent production with Factum Arte: an enlarged model of a General Atomics MQ-1 Predator (also called RQ-1 Predator), covered in sand. 

After being provided with the 3D model, the main body of the sculpture was CNC-milled at Factum Arte, with some of the smaller sections 3D printed at Materialise before being mounted over a stainless steel structure. The sand was applied over a coat of glue.

The CNC-milled polyurethane body of the drone in Factum's workshop © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

The CNC-milled polyurethane body of the drone in Factum's workshop © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Juan Carlos Arias working on assembling the drone on the inner steel structure © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Carlos Alonso, Juan Carlos Arias and Jacinto de Manuel checking the 3D model reference © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Jacinto de Manuel covering the glued surface of the assembled drone with sand © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

The finished sculpture in Factum Arte's courtyard © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Detail of the finished sculpture © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Detail of the finished sculpture © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Detail of the finished sculpture © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

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