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  • Exhibited

    ‘Industrial Revolution 2.0: How the Material World Will Newly Materialise’, Dorothy and Michael Hintze Sculpture Galleries, London Design Festival at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, September 17 – 25, 2011

  • Catalogue Essay

    Created for the exhibition I curated at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of the 2011 London Design Festival, this bust of Lady Belhaven, taken from the original marble bust sculpted in 1827 and on view at the V&A, was the first portrait bust to be exhibited in the museum’s great Hall of British Sculpture which had been realized through the use of a combination of new digital technologies.

    Renowned British milliner Stephen Jones, working from a 3-D ‘scan’ of the carved marble bust of a demure Lady Belhaven, manipulated the scanned ‘data’ of the original bust in the museum’s collection, so as to ‘re-design’ the portrait by adorning her with a remarkable hat. The new bust was then ‘printed’ by Materialise, Belgium. Referencing the basic building blocks of design, the subject’s Scottish heritage, her love of music (she had met Chopin), and her dreamy visage, Jones crowns this lovely woman with his tra-la-la tiara.

    Additive Manufacturing is a computer-driven process that transforms material from liquid or powder to a solid by employing either a laser or a binding material. A computer reads data (the design) from a digital file, laying down successive layers of various liquids, powders or filaments, including ceramics, metals, concrete, resins, polymers, powders, or various composites (or other materials which are rapidly becoming available), and in this way builds up (prints) an object. These layers, which correspond to the virtual cross-section from the file, are joined together or fused automatically to create the final 3-D object.

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Bust of Lady Belhaven (after Samuel Joseph)

2011
Epoxy resin.
36 1/4 x 22 x 10 1/4 in (92 x 56 x 26 cm)
Produced by .MGX by Materialise, Belgium.

Estimate
$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $18,750

Moss

16 October 2012
New York