Slow Prototyping and 3B Printing: the work of TOMÁŠ LIBERTÍNY

Just wanted to share the work of Tomas Libertiny with you all. Incredible.

He calls it slow prototyping, and it can take up to a weeek, or more, for the bees to execute his designs.

From his website:

Tomáš Gabzdil Libertíny was born in Slovakia in 1979.

Studied at the Technical University Košice in Slovakia focusing on engineering and design. In 2001, he was awarded George Soros’s Open Society Institute Scholarship to study at The University of Washington in Seattle, where he explored painting and sculpture. He continued his study at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava in painting and conceptual design. After receiving Huygens Scholarship, he enrolled in the Masters program at the Design Academy Eindhoven where he received his MFA in 2006.

He founded his studio in Rotterdam where he is focused on exploring strategies in design and construction of objects.

His works have been recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Cincinnati Art Museum and Mudac, Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts in Lausanne.

You can (and should) read more about his work and see more images at his website.

Dewar’s whiskey was inspired by his process (controversially so) and have modified his process to create objects for an ad campaign. They also produced a documentary, called 3-B Printing, about the process. I’ve included a link to the documentary for those of you interested, and a few shots from the ad campaign.

Dewar's Highlander Honey bust

Dewar's Highlander Honey bottle

The probem with the advertising campaign is that it puts the emphasis on the visual lusciousness of this process while avoiding the conceptual significance of Libertiny’s artworks, which explore themes of colony collapse disorder, fertility, and nature vs. culture that are truly fascinating. Another place where context with the art object makes a big difference to its meaning.

That said: the visual beauty of these images is striking and unsettling. Enjoy!


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