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December 2, 2014 AT 3:00 am

Neri Oxman – Wanderers, An Astrobiological Exploration #ArtTuesday

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Designer and architect Neri Oxman has created a series of 3D printed “wearable skins,” each artwork inspired by a planet in the solar system:

Neri Oxman – Wanderers, An Astrobiological Exploration.

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Al-Qamar (القمر)

Luna’s Wonderer

By Neri Oxman
2014, 3D Print
Euromold, Frankfurt, Germany

Named after the the goddess Luna (Arabic: Qamar), the divine embodiment of the moon often characterized by a two-yoke chariot, Luna is the most luminous object in the sky after the sun. Inspire’d by the Moon’s surface texture this design functions as a wearable pneumatic surface for generating and storing oxygen. Unlike a wearable biodome, this texture contains spatial spherical pockets for algae-based air-purification and biofuel collection.

Production: Stratasys
3D printed with Stratasys multi-material 3D printing technology
In collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb
Photos: Yoram Reshef

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Mushtari (مشتري)

Jupiter’s Wonderer

By Neri Oxman
2014, 3D Print
Euromold, Frankfurt, Germany

Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System with a mass two and a half times greater than the mass of all other planets in the Solar System combined. Named after the king of the gods, its Arabic name reflects is vastness (Mushtari means huge, giant). Designed as a single strand filled with living matter inspired by the form and function of the human gastrointestinal tract, this wearable is designed as a an organ system for consuming and digesting biomass, absorbing nutrients and expelling waste. The peristaltic movement of matter within 3D printed translucent tracts is designed to support the flow of cyanobacteria engineered to convert daylight into consumable sucrose.

Production: Stratasys
3D printed with Stratasys multi-material 3D printing technology
In collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb
Photos: Yoram Reshef

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Zuhal (زحل)

Saturn’s Wonderer

By Neri Oxman
2014, 3D Print
Euromold, Frankfurt, Germany

Saturn is known for its vortex storms forming where there is a steep latitudinal gradient in the speed of winds blowing across the planet’s atmosphere. Named after the Roman god of agriculture, its Arabic name reflects the planet and the mythology, representing fertility and growth. The wearable is covered with a dense hairy texture responding to Saturn’s vortex winds with intricate structures characterised by high surface area to volume ratio. It is designed as a wearable vortex field, varying in size, density and organization to accommodate for local wind variation. Saturn’s moon Titan has been known to include hydrocarbons in its upper atmosphere as a possible precursor for life. Its other moon Enceladus with is ocean like composition has been often regarded as a potential base for microbial life. The hairy fiberous surface is designed to contain bacteria that can convert hydrocarbons to edible matter that can be safely consumed by humans.

Production: Stratasys
3D printed with Stratasys multi-material 3D printing technology
In collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb
Photos: Yoram Reshef

Read more about the collection “Wanderers, an Astrobiological Exploration” at Neri Oxman’s site here.


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