tactile histories 3d printed ford gran torino by ioan florea
tactile histories 3d printed ford gran torino by ioan florea tactile histories 3d printed ford gran torino by ioan florea
oct 03, 2013

tactile histories 3d printed ford gran torino by ioan florea

tactile histories 3d printed ford gran torino by ioan florea
all images courtesy of ioan florea




using a unique 3D printed liquid metal transfer technique, artist ioan florea brings objects and artifacts from the past to life – fusing history with the present. the installation ‘tactile histories’ at surplus gallery at the glove factory in downtown carbondale features the organic-shaped structures. completely transforming the ford gran torino, the famous american ‘muscle car’, the undulating 3D printed surface gives it a new fluid shape. also on display is a sculpture based on the 2600 year old cyrus cylinder, considered to be the first bill of human rights. recreated as an over sized 9 feet tall contemporary version, the declaration of universal human rights is embedded into it – the cyrus cylinder symbolizes multiculturalism, tolerance, peace and freedom. another part of the installation consists of several large scale, 3D paintings with text applied to them that is representative of the US citizenship test that ioan flora had to take. the liquid metal transferring process uses ultralight materials that appear to defy gravity. nano-materials and nano-pigments also help to inform the behavior of the paint and polymers – and the resulting technology is able construct three-dimensional structures from memory.



3D printed ford gran torino at the ‘tactile histories’ exhibition



top view of the the famous american ‘muscle car’



the undulating 3D printed surface gives it a new shape



top view



ioan florea in front of the ford gran torino



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  • crust lust.

    Abonomi says:
  • This is not 3d printed. It’s just painted resin crafted by hand. You can see the process on his website.

    Creet says:
  • Not a Gran Torino, Looks like a 1970 or 1971 Torino, possibly a GT or 500. The first “Gran” Torino was 1972

    Mark says:
  • It is 3D printed liquid metal transfer technique consisting in a multistage process. What you see is a completely Ford Torino encapsulated in seamless organic shapes

    ioan florea says:
  • you shouldn’t describe your own work, you sound like a bad salesman.

    MR says:

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