MX3D, an Amsterdam-based metal 3D printing company specializing in large-scale WAAM, has created yet another 3D printed work of art – ‘Entangled’ – in collaboration with Alyson Shotz. The sculpture is installed in the new Billie Tisch Center for Integrated Sciences (BTCIS) of Skidmore College, in New York.
The sculpture is one of the latest of MX3D’s many ventures into the world of contemporary art. The company’s other ventures in this direction include the infamous fully functional stainless steel bridge that crosses the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal, in Amsterdam, the Oregon Dragon Bench, which is installed at the Nike World Headquarters, in Oregon, USA, and more recently, The Whale Pass, which is installed at the Royal Gardens, in Turin, Italy.
Alyson Shotz is an American sculptor based in Brooklyn, New York, and is best known for her experiential, large-scale abstract sculptures and installations that are inspired by nature and scientific concepts, which manipulate light, shadow, space, and gravity in an attempt to investigate and challenge perception.
“When two particles, such as a pair of photons or electrons, become entangled, they remain connected even when separated by vast distances. I like to imagine this sculpture as the pathway between two connected particles in space,” said Alyson Shotz about the 340kg sculpture which she unveiled around September, but was working on, physically, since at least April of this year.
“Alyson Shotz saw multiple benefits in using this new process. It allowed her to design an open structure with precision curves that could be made much quicker and for less money than traditional welded steel processes. It was a zero-waste process that required almost no packing materials. It also let her expand her artistic practice, allowing her to create new structures that were impossible to make before this technology existed, while at the same time making connections with previous work,” according to a LinkedIn post by René Backx, CCO at MX3D.