Over a year in the making, designer Fred Kahl has completed 3D designing/scanning/printing his scale model of Coney Island in its heyday. The World’s Largest 3D Printed Installation to be featured in Coney Island: Thompson & Dundy’s Luna Park: 3D Printed by the Great Fredini:
Coney Island USA is pleased to announce the exhibition of the world’s largest art installation ever created with desktop 3D printer technology at the Coney Island Museum. Thompson & Dundy’s Luna Park: 3D Printed by the Great Fredini is a year-long installation by artist Fred Kahl, which will open in the Coney Island Museum on Sunday, May 25. An artist’s reception will be held on Sunday, July 6 from 2-6pm. This living museum exhibit will expand over the course of the year to recreate the ornate art and architecture of Coney island’s heyday 100 years ago.
The project is the latest brainchild of Coney Island sideshow veteran, Brooklyn-based artist and impresario Fred Kahl, a.k.a. the Great Fredini. Kahl’s goal is to fully 3D model and fabricate a 1:13 scale 3D-printed replica of Coney Island’s famed Luna Park, as it stood a hundred years ago, and populate it with portraits of Coney’s most interesting characters from his Coney Island Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait studio. The project garnered worldwide attention last summer, when Kahl raised over $16,000 on Kickstarter to build a “bot farm” in support of the endeavor. A year later, he has 3D scanned hundreds, if not thousands, of Coney’s denizens and visitors who will be featured in the installation. The show will include hundreds of 3D prints comprising over 10,000 hours of print time and the installation will fill an entire gallery of the museum’s newly reopened space.
“Luna Park has a special place in history, a witness to the society being transformed by technology. These are the themes that are relevant to us today as our world undergoes the third industrial revolution,” said Kahl. “This piece is also about a deep love of Coney Island as the cultural melting pot and showcase for presenting cutting-edge technology as entertainment.” …
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