Mat Chivers, 2014

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In 2013 Mat Chivers has been selected as the winner of the Oxford Mathematics Sculpture Competition. The competition invited artists to propose, and eventually create, a substantial and artistically significant sculpture to be placed in the main entrance lobby of the new Mathematical Institute, the Andrew Wiles Building.

Factum Arte has worked with Mat Chivers to create the sculpture Axiom which has been unveiled on the 28th October 2014. The sculpture is a tour de force of aluminium casting from 3D printed and routed forms, derived from a decimated 3D scan. Triangulation is at the heart of 3D recording and printing. Mat Chivers celebrates the noise and material presence as the virtual assumes physical form.

Conceptual 3D model by Mat Chivers

Visualization of the 3D model

Mat Chivers checking the first printed 3D prototype

Initially the pieces have been printed in 1:1 in ABS plastic


Different colours of the model correspond to the single pieces of the work which are going to be routed. After initial tests it has been decided to 3D rout in middle density polyurethane

The parts of the work routed in real size


The single parts of the work ready to be cast at the foundry

The segments after having been cast in aluminium

Welding the segments together


The assembled work at the foundry

Process of sandblasting

The sculpture installed in Oxford


Detail of "Axiom"


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