Fabricating Nature

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An interesting trend has been emerging in the realm of 3D printing: the desire to create or re-create nature through digital fabrication. London-based artist, Yuri Pattison, was inspired to print meteor-like objects after the Chelyabinsk meteor was spotted in the Russian sky in February 2013. Listings for fragments of the meteor on eBay drove Pattison to contemplate culture’s fetishization of the ‘original’ object and conceive of an art project that used eBay images to assemble a 3D model. The results are hunks of printed steel and silver that serve as a meditation on ‘authentic’ vs. ‘imitation.’ In Slovenia, the University of Maribor is experimenting with 3D technology to grow living vegetation in their project printGREEN. Their ‘garden printer’ is fed a mixture of soil, water, and seed and then manipulated to create a variety of shapes… that grow!

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