Art & Sculpture

Andrea Salvatori and WASP create 3D printed ikebana vases

Andrea Salvatori, an Italian artist and sculptor, has used the DeltaWASP 40100 Clay 3D printer from WASP, to produce various 3D printed ikebana vases.

Ikebana is the Japanese art form of flower arrangement which demonstrates refinement by its practitioner. Salvatori has taken inspiration from this disciplined practice to depict the innate conflict between human creation and machine.

In this instance, the artist has intentionally produced an imperfect design which disrupts the methodical process of 3D printing of vases with spherical ceramic insertions. Salvatori has called this collection of 3D printed vases “Ikebana Rock’n’Roll”.

3D printed ikebana vases. Photo via WASP.
3D printed ikebana vases. Photo via WASP.

Imperfect 3D printing

Released last year, the DeltaWASP 40100 Clay is the bigger sister of the DeltaWASP 2040 Clay, two systems in a new line of 3D printers specially developed to help users explore ceramics on the desktop and at scale.

This machine has a cylindric print volume of 400mm x 1000mm and enables the possibility to print directly on the floor or on a removable steel surface. Layers of clay can also be printed without waiting for the piece to dry.

Salvatori inserts ceramic balls into the 3D printed vases. Photo via WASP.
Salvatori inserts ceramic balls into the 3D printed vases. Photo via WASP.

Salvatori sought to tamper with this process with a miscellany of ceramic insertions. The process of depositing the material and setting the spheres is intended to upsets the algorithm reiterated the 3D printer with what Salvatori ha called “imperfect musical accents”, this has resulted in abstract vase shapes.

As the first artistic venture from the DeltaWASP 40100 Clay 3D printer, WASP state the ikebanas represent the “concrete territory in which 3D printing and ceramic art co-exist synergistically.” The 3D printed vases are currently on display as part of the Ikebana Rock’n’Roll exhibition at THE POOL NYC in Milan until 31st May.

WASP’s range of DeltaWASP 3D printers has not only aided the creatives. The Italian company recently introduced a new construction system, the Crane WASP, also referred as the “the infinity 3D printer” to accelerate the development of the technological village of Shamballa, a WASP project to develop 3D printed eco-friendly houses. The company states.

A 3D printed ikebana vases. Photo via WASP.

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Featured image shows a 3D printed ikebana vase. Photo via WASP.