In November 2016, the Italian artist, Quayola, commissioned Factum Arte to produce a series of works based on 3D scans of the famous sculpture in the Vatican Museum Laocoön and His Sons. Using custom-made software in his studio in London, Quayola broke down the figure of the scanned sculpture into fragments of simplified and magnified 3D data.
Laocoön Fragments on a mirror-polished stainless steel plate installed in Art Brussels (2016)
The fragments were 3D printed through a process known as Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), in which plastic particles are heated with a laser and fused into a single, solid object. Once printed in three-dimensions, all surface inconsistencies were smoothed and silicone moulds were subsequently taken in preparation for casting in an iron-filled epoxy resin.
All fragments were chemically treated for a patina effect, while the geometric sections were further treated to halt the oxidation process and obtain a more dramatic effect.
Laocoön Fragments, Art Brussels 2016
Two Fragments were on display at the Bitforms Gallery stand in Art Brussels on April 21- 24, 2016.
Six Fragments will be exhibited at the Bitforms Gallery (NY) from February 25 - April 9, 2017.
Visit Quayola´s webpage.