The idea for our 3D sculpture came together after taking pictures of a Chinese chimera and a bodhisattva from the Asian Art galleries, along with Ritual Seat for a Noble (Osa' osa), currently on view in the Met's Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas galleries. From there, we took each of the photos and stitched them together using 3D printing software.
We liked the contrast of the plastic polymer's bright, contemporary colors against the historic, centuries-old pieces of stone and wooden art. The human figure is central to the finished sculpture and provides a focus for the viewer—juxtaposing the relaxed posture of the bodhisattva with the regal throne and fierce chimeras. Hopefully this piece will help viewers to see the incredible possibilities of 3D printing technology in both the art and education worlds.
Interested in seeing all of our workshop participants' 3D sculptures in person? Then please join us for the annual Teen Art Show in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, opening Friday, December 6, at 5:00 p.m.