Stephanie Benoit June 21, 2016

As part of Chamber’s latest collection, entitled “Progressland” and curated by Andrew Zuckerman, artist Peter Marigold will be exhibiting his 3D Printed sculpture “Trunk”. Situated in New York, Chamber is a unique space in a city bursting with creative energy. A self-described “21st century cabinet of curiosities”, each collection in the art gallery is curated by a different artist who brings their unique perspective through the reliquaries, works of art and experimental designs they choose to display.

Progressland at Chamber

The “Progressland” collection is part of a year-long curatorial program organized by Andrew Zuckerman entitled Human | Nature, which aims to bring nature closer to our built environment by introducing unique objects and exploring their transformative effect on our lives. 

“Progressland” in particular will focus on the human drive for exploration and innovation.

In Zuckerman’s words, “The human race’s relationship to innovation is fascinating to me. There are the objects we invent out of necessity, and there are those we invent out of the sheer pleasure of imagining a future or wanting to see and understand things previously unknown. This innate curiosity and tendency to look forward is the driving force behind new discoveries and concepts.

All of the objects in “Progressland” reflect that kind of thrilling leap into the uncharted. The show is about the spirit that drives progress and the inquisitive minds that practice in this space.”

Peter Marigold's Trunk in the background

A perfect example of this pioneering spirit is artist Peter Marigold’s sculpture, “Trunk”. Originally conceived for the “Industrial Revolution II” exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London during London Design Week 2011, “Trunk” was created using 3D Printing.

Peter Marigold's Trunk

A roughly carved log was used as the basis for the design, and was scanned to recreate a digital three-dimensional model on the computer. This model was then reflected on the computer to create a mirror image of the actual log. It was printed out in resin using Stereolithography here at Materialise, and was subsequently recast in plaster in Peter Marigold’s studio. The project is a continuation of Peter’s Palindrome series, in which he uses a crude wooden mold to create a mirror image of the object, and by incorporating digital techniques he is able to make a truly symmetrical complex form as the data is identical on both sides of the object.

As Peter states, “I am intrigued at the spontaneous way that our minds perceive vertical bi-symmetrical forms as being either animals or humans, this is most famously expressed in the Rorschach perception tests in which we might see a rabbit or a smiling face formed from a completely irregular, but symmetrical blob of ink.

Therefore I intentionally chose to scan a log with several features that our minds easily decode into humanoid elements, such as legs, limbs, buttocks etc. the trunk of a tree becomes the trunk of a body. Flora becomes fauna.”

“Trunk” will be on display at Chamber from May to August 2016. Intrigued by the use of 3D Printing for art? Be sure to take a look at our other art collaborations here!