Gordon Tapper, 1:10

Artist: Karin Sander (German, born 1957)

Person in Photograph: Gordon Tapper (American)

Date: 1999

Medium: ABS plastic (acryl-nitryl-butadien-styrol) from three-dimensional scan; applied color

Dimensions: 18 x 5.7 (dia.) cm (7 1/16 x 2 1/4 (dia.) in.)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Purchase, Jennifer and Joseph Duke and Anonymous Gifts, 2000

Accession Number: 2000.411

Rights and Reproduction: © 1999 Karin Sander


Sander created these Lilliputian figures by first recording her subjects in the round with sixteen digital cameras, then feeding the images into a machine designed for making models and prototypes. From this photographic matrix, the machine sprayed layers of plastic according to the shape of the person at 1:10 scale, which was then painted with an airbrush. The results are uncannily accurate portrayals of individual pose and gesture using the most modern of means-pocket doubles that refer obliquely to a possible future of clones and replicas.