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Artist Peter Mountain takes four years to 3D print an incredible life-sized US army tank – Creative Boom (blog)

by • August 17, 2016 • No Comments

In his installation Titled Deconstruction and Reconstruction of an Army Tank, artist Peter Mountain has utilized video game and digital turn it into software to 3D print a life-sized sculpture of a US military tank in the courtyard of a Lincolnshire gallery.
Put together via an amazingly harsh jigsaw of wooden boards and pallets, the piece at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe is a literal representation of a virtual gaming version.
As explained by the gallery: “Beginning with a downloaded digital map of a tank of the internet, the piece is turn it intod of a series of stacked metre cubed sections manufactured via a form of 3D printing, which Peter turn it intod specifically for this commission.
“Formed via thousands of sheets of plywood which slot together to turn it into a skeletal mesh, the artist filled in, fleshed out and re-sculpted this one-of-a-kind artwork of hundreds of recycled broken pallets. The piece was and so set on fire in a regulated manner, to create the one-of-a-kind feel of a charcoal drawing.
“This is the initially time the sculpture has at any time been assembled in a real world situation, and until now has just at any time been seen in its consume say as a virtual representation on the artist’s computer.”
The project has taken approximately four years to come to fruition, and is the culmination of a research period Peter spent at Salford University’s Department of Virtual Environments. The tank’s official opening is Saturday 20 August, but can run until 30 April 2017.
To discover additional, visit www.2021visualartscentre.co.uk. And if you want to see the tank being created, scroll down to watch the time-lapse video of its construction.
Via direct submission | All images courtesy of 20-12 Visual Arts Centre

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