Great to see some of my Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio customers blogging about their experiences!
Detroit fascinates me. Even more than LA, this city seems to exist to showcase the glory of the car. Multi layered highways twist and wind like a giant Hot Wheels set with exits to both the left and right. There’s an energy and vibrancy to the urban decay that’s inspiring. It’s no wonder Detroit is such a hotbed of art and creativity.
It’s here that fifteen years ago John Dunivant began to realize a vision that began in his paintings; a dark world of a haunted carnival and its twisted god, Zombo the Clown. He named it Theatre Bizarre. This once a year party that I like to describe as the “Mermaid Parade of Halloween” began on an abandoned lot in Detroit but has now grown to over 5,000 attendees and takes place in the World’s largest Masonic temple, an impressive sixteen story neo Gothic structure that has never been completed. The building itself is worth the price of admission, just to see the elaborate throne rooms, chapels, drill rooms, ballrooms and theaters that hide within the labyrinthine passages of its walls. The building is a testament to the Masons mastery of construction, architecture and engineering and has to be seen to be believed.
Every year John and the Theatre Bizarre crew transform 8 floors of the space into an elaborate haunted harvest festival. It’s the world of his art come to life. The opulence and intention to detail in the installation is astounding and the building is the perfect backdrop. I had the occasion to meet and get to know John and some of the crew over the last few years, and this past weekend was my second year bringing the Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio there. Here’s some images from this year.
So there it is.. Theatre Bizarre n a nutshell. You missed it this year but next year it will run two weekends in October so start making your travel plans now to attend the greatest masquerade on earth!
Jetguy‘s custom built CoreXY open source 3D Printer will be showcased at World Maker Faire New York this weekend at the Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio in the lower level of the New York Hall of Science building. Come out and watch this amazing machine with an amazing 330x325x390mm build area, filament detection to pause prints in case of a feed failure, Dampened Stepper motors for extremely quiet performance, and a number of other custom features. This machine is not to be missed!
This week I am prepping for World Maker Faire New York, September 26&27 at the World’s Fair grounds in Queens NY where I will be exhibiting and speaking. I hope you’ll brave the Pope traffic to come check us out. I will most likely be exhibiting indoors/downstairs at the Museum of Science so I hope to see you there.
Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio
Thompson & Dundy’s Luna Park: 3D Printed
Talk: Secrets of Scan-A-Rama Revealed
Make Live Stage Sunday 9/27, 1:30pm
Ray Adams shot me again in Luna Park and I’m really happy with the results, WDYT?
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Media Contact: Fred Kahl | email@example.com
High resolution images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/50ftubz0rbmh9en/AAAgx0Ra4yKC88UlUIth91-ra?dl=0
For more information, visit: http://www.coneyisland.com/event/artist-reception-3d-printed-luna-park-phase-i-completion-party
Thompson & Dundy’s Luna Park: 3D Printed in Coney Island!
Brooklyn, NY. August 4, 2015 – Coney Island USA is pleased to announce the Phase I completion of the world’s largest art installation ever created with desktop 3D printer technology at the Coney Island Museum. Thompson & Dundy’s Luna Park: 3D Printed by the Great Fredini is an installation by artist Fred Kahl recreating the ornate art and architecture of Coney island’s heyday 100 years ago. Over two years in the making, Kahl has been 3D printing a scale model of historic Luna Park and expanding the piece, including scanning and 3D printing hundreds of supporters and Coney Island Characters to be featured in the tableau. To celebrate the completion of the project’s Phase I, an artist’s reception will be held on Sunday, August 16 from 3-5pm, followed by a presentation on the project at 5pm.
Brooklyn-based artist and impresario Fred Kahl, a.k.a. the Great Fredini has a goal, to fully 3D model and fabricate a 1:13 scale 3D-printed replica of Coney Island’s famed Luna Park as it stood a hundred years ago, and populate it with portraits of Coney Island’s most interesting characters from his Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait studio. With the model’s central Electric Tower almost 7’ tall, this is no small task. Kahl has pushed the possibilities of desktop 3D printing to its limits and even invented his own 3D scanning rig to capture images of the exhibit’s denizens. The project garnered worldwide attention in the summer of 2013, when Kahl raised over $16,000 on Kickstarter to build a “bot farm” in support of the endeavor. Two years later, he has 3D scanned thousands of backers as well as Coney’s visitors who are featured in the installation along with the iconic central towers of Luna Park that were painstaking modeled based on archival images. Kahl hopes to soon begin a second phase of construction on the project, including the park’s entrance and feature attractions including the Trip to the Moon ride, Mountain Torrent, Japanese Tea Gardens, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Dragon’s Gorge, Wormwood’s Monkey Theatre, Red Mill and Chute the Chutes. The completed model is estimated to be approximately 1250 square feet, significantly larger than the current 250 feet it currently occupies , so Kahl hopes he will be able to find a new venue to bring it to as the exhibit outgrows the space in the Coney Island Museum.
“Luna Park has a special place in history, a witness to the society being transformed by technology. These are the themes that are relevant to us today as our world undergoes the third industrial revolution,” said Kahl. “I’ve always been drawn to creating democratic and approachable art that resonates for the masses with the feeling of wonder and spectacle. This piece is also about a deep love of Coney Island as the cultural melting pot and showcase for presenting cutting-edge technology as entertainment- starting in the 19th century, but now continuing into the 21st century as well.”
A graduate of New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, Kahl was an award winning creative director before creating his own startup Fredini Enterprises, Inc. He envisions it as a content studio for 3D printed and digitally shared files. Kahl has been obsessed with 3D printing for several years and even created his own open source hardware for creating full body 3D scans using an Xbox Kinect game controller to capture the 3D image of his subjects. The invention has been featured in Make Magazine and on CNN, and used by hundreds of people worldwide, including by Shapeways. His Scan-A-Rama 3D portrait studio is the current resident of Coney Island USA’s Artist Incubator program and has become a staple of today’s cultural landscape in Coney Island.
“Fred Kahl is a legend of sorts, with a legacy of bringing mind-blowing and innovative projects to Coney Island, from Burlesque at the Beach to America’s Favorite Burlesque Gameshow – This or That!,” said Dick Zigun, the “Mayor” of Coney Island and the founder of Coney Island USA. “His latest undertaking will immortalize the actual fabric of our beloved Coney Island, and I urge everyone to come see it in the Coney Island Museum”
The Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Avenue, (between Stillwell Ave., and West 12th st), Brooklyn, NY 11224
D,N,F,Q trains to Stillwell Ave./Coney Island
Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio open Saturday, August15, 2015, 12 noon – 7pm
Artist Reception Sunday, August 16, 2015, 3-6pm with a 5pm presentation. Free with $5 Coney Island Museum Admission.
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About Coney Island USA: Coney Island USA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation based in the amusement park area of the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. In existence since 1980, Coney Island USA has developed and produces a number of different programs including some of New York City’s best-loved summer programming, such as the Mermaid Parade, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, the Coney Island Museum, Burlesque at the Beach and the Coney Island Film Festival.
I am pleased to be included in the Compound Gallery‘s exhibition Supertrata: 3D Printed Art in Oakland, California. I was sad not to have been able to make it out for the opening but if you are out near San Francisco, please check it out! Here’s a couple images of work of mine that went out to the show:
When I first came to Coney Island in the 1980’s, the photographer Harold Feinstein was a fixture there. He was everywhere with his camera, capturing the place’s unique melting pot of people in the array of moments that can occur no where else in the world. Dick Zigun was always chasing him away, not wanting to give away images of the sideshow cast, but I’m glad he caught us in our downtime. Those moments and many others would have disappeared if it weren’t for Harold’s persistence. I never got to see his photos back then- only years later.
A few years back, I supported his retrospective book on Kickstarter and began to learn of the breadth of his work, an impressive body of photographs of New York City street life covering 65+ years. Last year, I was able to meet him and his wife Judith as he returned to his Coney Island roots. I wanted to 3D scan him, but his health was not great and he seemed frail. I was glad to have had some time to talk. While he photographed other things, I think Coney Island was central to his voice was and he impeccably captured the neighborhood’s soul. His work is a celebration of the human condition and the American spirit. Coney Island is the place where all peoples come together and emotions of joy, laughter, love, loneliness, friendship and all of life are there for us to experience in his work. Its somehow fitting to know that he chose to leave this world on June 20th, the day of the Mermaid Parade.
Rest in peace Harold. You will be missed but your legacy lives on. Thank you for preserving the moments.
See more of Harold’s work at http://www.haroldfeinstein.com/
Can you believe it- Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio is two years old! I opened up for the first time at the Mermaid Parade in 2013 and made some great portraits (See here and here). Well this past Saturday was the Coney Island Mermaid Parade and again I was able to make 3D portraits of some of my favorite Coney Island characters and sea creatures. These have not yet been cleaned up but I think they look great. I’m very happy with the day. Its exciting to see the technology improving since I’ve started and I’m proud of all the advances and things I’ve learned in the last few years.
I 3D scanned Kembra Pfahler of the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black this spring and have been working on a 3D portrait of her off and on for a while now. My initial intent had been to do something with many arms, reminiscent of the Hindu goddess Kali, an image inspired by her love of blue body paint, but this imagery was not at all working for Kembra. She felt Kali was too obvious and already done by Nina Hagen. So my scans of her have been languishing and waiting for inspiration. I had included her in some sketches for the Gates of Hell that I’m working on, but had nothing yet… until last night when this came together. Its 3D printing away now on my Jetguy Big Boy printer for another 20 hours, but I’m looking forward to seeing how it comes out!