In a public art show, Steinunn Thorarinsdottir, the Met’s staff, and the New York Parks Department highlight human body copies of Armor’s suits from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Medieval collection to the Cloisters Lawn in Fort Tryon Park.
These sculptures are the work of Icelandic artist Steinunn Thorarinsdotti. Our artist was inspired by the arm and armor department at the Met. “I started to think about how to incorporate armor into my figurative visual work,” she told a newspaper during the installation.
In order to create these sculptures, the team 3D scanned the three suits of Armor. They were thereafter 3D printed, and a foundry reproduced them in cast aluminium using the lost wax method. Steinunn really likes androgynous figures, and it can be perceived in these sculptures. Bandage molds from the body of the artist’s son were used to cast the sculptures. He needed to stand and remain in the same position the suit of armor was posed.
“Juxtaposing the vulnerability of the naked figure and the power of the armor seemed like the perfect starting point for a public art installation, Thorarinsdottir recalled. “Two years ago, I thought, ‘I have to make it a reality because it’s stayed with me for so long.‘”
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