Ethica And Xiaoji
Exploring different materializations of an ornamental plaster column through the lens of photogrammetry, a 3D print, a silicone mold, and wax phased through different melting processes creates a narrative for the historical artifact in a modern context. Through these processes, new interpretations of the column’s form and constructive properties are uncovered. What structural properties does this new artifact have and what role can it play in our built environment?
Taking the digital column asset from the previous assignment, new photogrammetry on the original physical asset using lighting that matched the blue and pink hues of the digital asset was conducted. The resulting geometry of the 3D object generated through Autodesk Recap showed new interpretations of the column based on the lighting. The object was then decimated, retextured, and printed as a physical 3D object using PLA.
Using the 3D printed interpretation of the processed photogrammetric scan, the physical object was imprinted into a silicone mold using Smooth-On pourable silicone rubber with Shore 30A Hardness. The resultant impression in the mold was then used for a series of wax pours.
The subsequent wax pours were processed through a melting process into acrylic paint coated water so that the motion of falling into water could be captured as a colored imprint on the melted columns. The columns were melted into the water with a heat gun set to 550°F into 212°F boiling, 70°F lukewarm and 35°F ice water. The resultant wax forms then underwent the process to photogrammetry to recovery them into a digital format.
The process of collapsing the column into a surface was iterated in Cinema 4D, creating a digital interpretation that, while different from the physical simulation, had similarities in its effect.