Luna Park’s Electric Tower, 3D Printed

I began work on a newer, more detailed sculpt of Luna Park’s Electric Tower last summer, completing the digital sculpt in September, but its taken a while to get it printed and now its finally assembled. There’s some sanding and a few decorative corbels left to glue on but I hope to install it in the Coney Island Museum this Saturday!
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I recently posted an image of the parts all organized by tier:

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and here’s an animation of how they all stacked together:

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Up next I plan on modeling the Helter Skelter:

Image from Shorpy

Image courtesy of Shorpy

The Sideshow Cast -My 3D Printed Piece for Yale Art Gallery Show

The Yale exhibit opens next week. I’ve been busy 3d printing some of my favorite portraits of circus sideshow performers. For historical context, this piece will be exhibited alongside some classic Edward Kelty photographs. I can’t wait to see the installation.

Left to Right James Taylor, Mat Fraser, Velvet Crayon, Firefly, Heather Holiday and Danik, Leo the Human Gumby, Francine the Lucid Dream, Natty the Patchwork Girl, Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey, Betty Bloomers

A 3D scanned grouping of sideshow performers in the tradition of Edward Kelty. Left to Right James Taylor, Mat Fraser, Velvet Crayon, Firefly, Heather Holiday and Danik, Leo the Human Gumby, Francine the Lucid Dream, Natty the Patchwork Girl, Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey, Betty Bloomers. 12″ x 28″ x 8″

A classic Edward Kelty sideshow photograph.

A classic Edward Kelty sideshow photograph (courtesy of Sideshow World).

Season’s Greetings from Coney Island Scan-A-Rama, Yale Exhibit and more!

Happy Holidays! Its been a while since I’ve updated here, but I have not been slacking off! As many of you may know I left my job of seventeen years last May and have been hard at work starting my own business around 3D design and printing. Well the business will officially be up and running as of January 1, 2015 and I have some exciting projects in the works. First off, I plan to be taking the Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio on the road this Spring, but I have also been exploring making glass and metal castings from 3D printed forms, making products and more!

In the meantime, my printers have been hard at work building out the giant Luna Park Tower that I posted renderings of last September, right before NY Makerfaire. At almost 200 prints and taller than me, this is going to be the largest piece I have made to date. I’m pleased to announce that the printing is done and I will begin assembly as soon as I return from spending the Holiday with my family! My goal is to complete this in the beginning of January and then get this installed in the Coney Island Museum. Look for some images of it below.

Finally, I’m going to be in an exhibit at Yale University Art Galleries, Opening January 13th. The show is called Side Show and will feature historic and contemporary work. My “physical photography” 3D portraits of sideshow performers will be exhibited alongside Edward Kelty’s historic portraits of sideshow cast members. I will be performing at the opening January 13th if you feel like coming up to New Haven.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes,

Fred Kahl

aka. The Great Fredini

 

Side Show at Yale University Galleries Open January 13

Side Show at Yale University Galleries Open January 13

Top of the Electric Tower (the blue figure is for scale)

Top of the Electric Tower (the blue figure is for scale)

The Tower Base

The Tower Base

And a bunch of pieces that go in the middle...

And a bunch of pieces that go in the middle…

Hopefully, when assembled it will look like this!

Hopefully, when assembled it will look like this!

Closing in on completing the new Luna Park Electric Tower

The original Electric Tower in my exhibit Thompson & Dundy’s Luna Park: 3D Printed at the Coney Island Museum was out of scale with the rest of the model and lacked a lot of the ornate detailing of the later pieces. I spent a long time working on looking at historic photos and getting the details just right on the 3D model before beginning printing. It’s been printing in pieces for almost two months now and is finally almost ready for assembly! It will be taller than me- I can’t wait to see it all together. Here’s a glimpse of what the top assembly will look like!

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Juicy Blue Pepsi Prints

Last month I did a Makerfaire event for PepsiCo with the agency Sparks & Honey. I made 3D portraits for all the employees there. I’m just sending out the last batch of prints to all the PepsiCo employees we scanned. As a special thank you I’m throwing in these two jumbo blue prints of the guy drinking a Pepsi that I made on my SeeMeCNC Rostock Max delta printer. I think someone will appreciate them!

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