By Staff | 3ders
A year ago Brooklyn-based artist and impresario Fred Kahl, a.k.a. the Great Fredini, launched a Kickstarter campaign for his Coney Island Scan-A-Rama project, an art project to scan and produce 3D printed portraits of the masses of people who visit Coney Island.
Kahl's goal was to design and 3D print a 1:13 scale replica of Coney Island's famed Luna Park, as it stood a hundred years ago, and populate it with portraits from the studio. The project garnered worldwide attention last summer, when Kahl raised over $16,000 on Kickstarter to build a "bot farm" in support of the endeavor.
A year later, Kahl has 3D scanned hundreds of Coney's denizens and visitors who will be featured in the installation. This week, Coney Island USA announced the exhibition of the world's largest art installation ever created with desktop 3D printer technology at the Coney Island Museum.
This living museum exhibit will expand over the course of the year to recreate the ornate art and architecture of Coney island's heyday 100 years ago. The show, Thompson & Dundy's Luna Park: 3D Printed by the Great Fredini, will include hundreds of 3D prints comprising over 10,000 hours of print time and the installation will fill an entire gallery of the museum's newly reopened space.
Over the last few years, Kahl has been obsessed with 3D printing. He has created his own custom hardware and a workflow for creating perfect full body 3D scans using an Xbox Kinect game controller to capture the 3D image of his subjects. His Scan-A-Rama 3D portrait studio is the current resident of Coney Island USA's Artist Incubator program and has become a staple of today's cultural landscape in Coney Island.
Kahl is now ready to bring that technology to the public. "Luna Park has a special place in history, a witness to the society being transformed by technology. These are the themes that are relevant to us today as our world undergoes the third industrial revolution," said Kahl. "This piece is also about a deep love of Coney Island as the cultural melting pot and showcase for presenting cutting-edge technology as entertainment."
The show will open in the Coney Island Museum on Sunday, May 25. An artist's reception will be held on Sunday, July 6 from 2-6pm. If you plan to visit the area, make sure to check out this amazing 3D printed installation.
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