This past week during Art Basel|Miami Beach, painter and 3D sculptor Micah Ganske launched an impressive (and massive) new work: “Mining Habitat Ring World” as a part of a selection of his work including several of his paintings. This new printed piece is on par, from the perspective of 3D efforts, to match the impressive hairline-precision 10ft+ across paintings by which he established himself.
I fact, I started the post with the photo that includes people (including his wife, artist Colette Robbins) as a reference for how positively massive for a 3D printed sculpture this object is, and with such fine detail. The efforts require to complete this work? One thousand parts and over 700 machine hours. Whoa!
…then I saw Micah Ganske’s “Mining Habitat” (2012) at RH Gallery and I was certainly impressed. Using his Makerbot Replicator, Gansky assembled roughly 1,000 different parts and used over 700 hours of print time to create this detailed object on display at the Miami Project art fair. The medium and idea were well-suited for one another. Sci-fi space visions of an industrialized future spit out of a machine seemed like a good fit. It was detailed, textured, and if someone didn’t tell me it was printed, then I doubt I would’ve ever really known.
From the posting at 3ders:
Earlier this year, Ganske has released several new projects on Thingiverse and allows all Makerbot users to replicate his sculptures for themselves, under a Creative Commons license. “My sculptures are designed digitally and produced using a MakerBot 3D printer. Just as important to me as the amazing results that can be achieved with this exciting technology, is what it represents as a forward-looking technology. The dream of being able to replicate objects has always been a fixture of science fiction and I whole-heartedly embrace it as a way to create impossible artworks.” – Micah Ganske
More photos of “Mining Habitat.”
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