Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Zombie sculpture

On seeing an early photographic image the artist Paul Delaroche is said to have claimed, “From today painting is dead”. Given that Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, Malevich and a few others were still to come he was probably a bit previous but at the time he was shaken up by the power of the Daguerreotype process.  Had Delaroche been around today he'd probably have added sculpture to his death list. Twinkind, a 3D printing company in Berlin, wants to convert all your family and friends into creepy little figurines you can keep on the bookcase or any other convenient flat surface. All you need to do is pop over to Berlin, get yourself scanned and Twinkind will produce a pint-sized you in a range of diminuative sizes under 35 centimetres. For instance, how about a 20 centimetre tall copy of yourself for around $450? Twinkind promises it will be ‘as life like as possible’ although that will probably depend as much on you as on them. From today figurative sculpture under 35 centimetres is dead.