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
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 single parts of the work ready to be cast at the foundry
The segments after having been cast in aluminium
The assembled work at the foundry
Process of sandblasting