‘Vespers' is the latest addition to Stratasys' ‘The New Ancient'
collection and will be unveiled at the ‘Fear and Love' exhibition at
London's Design Museum (24 November 2016 - 23 April 2017)
MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
(Nasdaq:SSYS), the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions
company, today announces the official launch of ‘The New Ancient' 3D
printed art and design collection. The collection includes ‘Vespers',
a series of exploratory 3D printed death masks, designed by Neri Oxman
and her team, which will be unveiled to the public at the grand
reopening of London's Design Museum next week. Oxman combines design and
computation to produce the masks which, in a landmark breakthrough,
emulate the resolution and complexity that is usually only found in
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VESPERS, Mask 1, Series 1, 2016. Designed by Neri Oxman and her team as part of "The New Ancient" Collection by STRATASYS and 3D Printed on a Stratasys J750 Full Color Multi-material 3D Printer. Photo credit: Danielle van Zadelhoff
Naomi Kaempfer, Creative Director of Art Fashion Design at Stratasys,
explains: "The New Ancient collection marries ancient crafts and
designs of past civilizations with advanced technologies to reimagine
design in and of the modern world. Oxman, along with her team, is
amongst a number of leading designers who have contributed to the
creation of the collection, including Zaha Hadid, Nick Ervinck and
Daniel Widrig. Oxman's Vespers epitomize this theme, traversing
between modern, cutting-edge technologies and historical crafts and
Oxman, along with her team members - Christoph Bader, Dominik Kolb,
Rachel Smith, and Sunanda Sharma of the Mediated Matter Group - led the
creation of Vespers. Comprising 15 masks in three sub-series, Vespers
portrays the past, present and future, and explores the themes of past
worlds and future technologies. "Made of a single material, such as wax
or plaster, the death mask has historically originated as a means of
capturing a person's visage, keeping the deceased ‘alive' through
memory," explains Oxman. "Vespers' death masks, however, are
designed to reveal cultural heritage and speculate about the
perpetuation of life, both cultural and biological."
"Vespers' designs are entirely data driven, digitally generated,
3D printed, and - at times - biologically augmented," Oxman continues.
"By pushing the boundaries of cusp technologies - such as
high-resolution material modelling, full color multi-material 3D
printing, and synthetic biology - they express the death mask's deeper
meanings and possible future use, thus bringing it back to life."
Sub-series one of the Vespers collection, entitled ‘Past',
looks at historic origins, exploring life through the lens of death.
Inspired by ancient masks, this sub-series utilizes five material
combinations to emulate colors commonly found in cultural artefacts
across regions and eras, with impressive accuracy. With the
implementation of Stratasys' unique full-color and transparency
multi-material 3D printing technology, Oxman's team has created 3D
printed objects that, for the first time in history, match the variety
and nuance of ancient crafts.
The second sub-series, ‘Present', explores the transition between
life and death, reflecting the progression of the death mask from a
symbolic cultural relic in the first sub-series to a functional
biological interface in the third. Visually, the surface colorations and
geometries seen in the first sub-series are transformed into volumetric
material distributions housed within transparent, smoothly curved
dome-like structures in the second.
Rebirth is embodied in the third sub-series of masks, called ‘Future'.
Perhaps the most ground-breaking of the trilogy, the final sub-series
engages with synthetic biology to explore whether the death mask can
drive the formation of new life, repositioning the objects as habitats
capable of interfacing with living microorganisms. Devoid of cultural
expressions and nearly colorless, the final five masks ‘re-engineer'
life by guiding living microorganisms through minute spatial features of
"The Vespers masks were photographed by Belgian photographer,
Danielle van Zadelhoff, whose particular photography style
characteristic of Chiaroscuro is reminiscent of Caravaggio and Rembrandt
- resonating with the theme of timelessness as portrayed throughout the
series," explains Kaempfer.
For more than 25 years, Stratasys
Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) has been a defining force and dominant
player in 3D printing and additive manufacturing - shaping the way
things are made. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot,
Israel, the company empowers customers across a broad range of vertical
markets by enabling new paradigms for design and manufacturing. The
company's solutions provide customers with unmatched design freedom and
manufacturing flexibility - reducing time-to-market and lowering
development costs, while improving designs and communications. Stratasys
subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape, and the Stratasys
ecosystem includes 3D printers for prototyping and production; a wide
range of 3D printing materials; parts on-demand via Stratasys Direct
Manufacturing; strategic consulting and professional services; and the
Thingiverse and GrabCAD communities with over 2 million 3D printable
files for free designs. With more than 2,700 employees and 1,200 granted
or pending additive manufacturing patents, Stratasys has received more
than 30 technology and leadership awards. Visit us online at: www.stratasys.com
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