Having first explored the potential of standardized flexible plastic flexible materials supported by metal laser-cut frameworks in a series of temporary objects and installations (OS) , then secondly the potential of CNC free-form bended metal pipes (BM) for permanent urban projects, the use of 3D metal robotic additive large scale printing could be the next stage in the further development of the OnSite project,
For this residency, artist Sébastien Wierinck collaborates with Flying Parts. Sébastien’s work involves large-scale public pieces of work / furniture and procedural / modular design, and Flying parts are specialized in large-scale metal 3D printing. Together, they worked on a modular, large-scale metal 3D printed piece of public art, pushing to the limits of metal 3D printing. The exact goal of the residency was very open and evolved in regard of the technical limitations of the machines and the surprises happening during the process.
The approach of going modular, parametric, fits really well in the context of metal 3D printing. The residency threw light on the artist’s rapid feedback & iteration method, which was very suitable to such a project. Innovation happened in the workflow, but also when playing in the constraints of the technology: the artist found clever ways to overcome some of the limitations of the printing machine, that might become best practices in large-scale metal 3D printing. New general (art-science collaboration) and specific (large-scale metal 3D printing) know-how and perspectives were created for the Artist as much as for the Tech Project, and the Producer too.
Residency final video