Artists have proven us a thousand ways that modern art might be a combination of technology and craft. Neri Oxman for instance did it when she designed VESPERS. 3dMosaic on its side also shows this particular blend of traditional art and technology. Today, EDG came up with Modern Ornamental: a new form of digital sculpture.

By exploiting 3D software such as 3DSMax and Rhino, as well as algorithmic modeling programs, the team of architects was able to transform rendering into printable objects. In order to cope with standard and colored concrete, they used form plastic molds, the aim being that molds could be easily reproduced.

Additionally, the easily stored digital catalog of parts would allow for easy reprinting of a mold, should an element ever need replacement or repair. Pieces could simply be removed from the building, and a new one could be reprinted and recast on-site the same day. While current printing capabilities are limited in size, machines capable of printing larger, even continuous lengths are currently coming to market. With a proprietary plate connection system which is formed into the printed area (facilitating easy attachment), construction sites could soon become an efficient assembly line of printing, curing, and attachment, with no shipping or lead-time costs.”

According to John Meyer, Principal of EDG, the first goal of this project was to offer a solution to salvage and restore many of the deteriorating architectural treasures in New York City and around the world as well. “The innate beauty and rich history of these gems were vanishing as the cost of their repair became progressively prohibitive. Recognizing the tragedy these losses, which, like Penn Station, often isn’t fully realized until after the fact, we set about creating a cost-effective method of reconstruction and repair.


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