Friday, June 18, 2010

Return of the King (boy king that is)

I never cease to be amazed at the diversity of projects that come through the studio.

Paleontology, Archeology, Forensic reconstruction modern reproductions. We have done a bit of it all. A few months back the National Geographic Society and AEG (Art and exhibition, approached me to create a model of the mummy of Tutankhamun. It was a short time frame with some complex logistics. The mummy had been CT scanned and so we had to process that information into the correct file format in order to send it to a 3-D printer. The trick was to find a company that could rapid prototype the mummy in the most accurate way possible. (with in the very short time frame.)

After a bit of intense deliberation I decided to use the medical imaging software company "Materialise" a corporation headquartered in Belgium, with branches in the US. They were able to interpret the CT data and begin the prototype of the model. While they were working on the prototype I flew to Luxor, Egypt to the Valley of the Kings to gather reference information and photograph the mummy in it's tomb. A surreal experience to be sure. When I returned my studio assistant Owen Bissex and I sculpted in the fine details of skin fabric and Bruce Wendorff built the display tray for the Mummy out of imported Beech wood.

Watch a video of the process