I’m pleased to announce that I have been selected as a 2015 Fellowship recipient at Wheaton Arts’ Creative Glass Center of America to pursue a body of work based on techniques I have been developing to cast glass from 3D printed positives. I plan to use the fellowship pursue works on themes of Heaven and Hell. These ideas evolved out my interest in Coney Island through Dreamland’s famed attractions of Creation and Hell Gate, but have deeper roots in art history- specifically Ghiberti’s Gate of Paradise, Rodin’s Gates of Hell and Gustav Dore’s Paradise Lost. The themes of Heaven and Hell resonate to me in today’s era of climate change and environmental collapse, so I plan on exploring digital sculpting on top of 3D scanned imagery to create sculptures that can be 3D printed and cast in glass. Below is one work in progress from this new series. I’m really excited about exploring this work and hope to have some news about it in the future!
Its not just a Beatles song… the Helter Skelter was a slide ride at Thompson & Dundy’s Luna Park in Coney Island from about 1907-1915. Its the next part of the model I will be 3D printing to tie together the two pieces of boardwalk I have already completed. I’m starting to grapple with how much the park changed year to year and how the main court of the model will be laid out. Its also curious how many color variations existed amongst postcards that were made as the Helter Skelter is one of the most popular of all postcards of Luna Park . Theres a bit more work to do, but I can’t wait to start printing it!
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!
I recently posted an image of the parts all organized by tier:
and here’s an animation of how they all stacked together:
Up next I plan on modeling the Helter Skelter:
My first model of the Electric Tower was designed in SketchUp and lacked the ornate detail of the original Luna Park architecture. that’s why I chose Zbrush as the software to model Luna Park with. The software allows for the kind of detail the original park had. Furthermore, the tower that is currently featured in the Thompson & Dundy’s Luna Park: 3D Printed by the Great Fredini installation at the Coney Island Museum (and coming to World Makerfaire New York this weekend) turned out to be the wrong scale. I’ve been hemming and hawing about remodeling it with better detail, but its finally ready for 3D printing. The tower changed from year to year so I’ve opted to create one of the most ornate versions of it that existed circa 1907 with the dolphin fountains at the base. This model is likely to take over a month to print as it needs to be approximately 7′ tall- I’ll have to cut it up into blocks that will fit on my printers and then assemble them.