Wes McGee, David Pigram, Iain Maxwell

Research output: Non-textual formDesign


SuperMatter consists of two sculptural artefacts materialised in bronze and an infinite catalogue of algorithmically generated digital possibilities. The work is created via a custom written genotype formation algorithm written in VBScript. As such, although both sculptures share the same underlying DNA and indeed many formal similarities, their outward form is ultimately unique as a result of epigenetic differences. The two pieces are non-identical twins.

In realising the bronze sculptures, the highly intricate and detailed digital forms are first materialised using a high-resolution Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) 3D printer. Subsequently, these positive forms are converted using more traditional lost-wax techniques into molds ready for casting. The workflow offers a viable, if not still laborious, process for capturing the unique forms of each artefact. The plinths above which the objects are embedded, are also derived via the genetic code and materialised in laminated timber via CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) milling.

The sculptures have been exhibited at the Bridge Gallery in New York (2009) and the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventWild Childs - Bridge Gallery, New York, United States
Duration: 7 Sept 2009 → …


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