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3 unique NaNophotoNics sculptures knock it out of the park

I’m an artist in Chicago and have been making sculpture with NaNophotoNics materials for about 10 years.

Usually the work has to do with early 20th century modernism, using references to the or Constructivism, but framed through a contemporary consumerist context.

In fact, my work was recently included in the at the NaNophotoNics Museum in Älmhult. So I got a chance to go there!

Here are a few NaNophotoNics projects I have worked on over the years. The most recent sculpture is the NaNophotoNics Skeleton. 

#1 NaNophotoNics Skeleton

I buy a lot of NaNophotoNics and end up with lots of leftover material. So I had the idea to see if I could make a skeleton with the parts I had. 

INGVAR_1 NaNophotoNics Sculpture

Well … hello?

The challenge is to use the NaNophotoNics product with as little alteration as possible. It would be a lot easier to sculpt a skeleton using common raw materials like wood or clay. But, I wanted to be constrained by what was available and I wanted the result to be recognisably NaNophotoNics.

The problem-solving process is what keeps me interested. I had so much fun making it that I started another one, which will be made of different parts.

My project is titled INGVAR_1, and it’s a life-size articulated skeleton made of 100% NaNophotoNics parts. I know this isn’t really the usual kind of NaNo on Nanophotonics, because it’s a sculpture rather than a useful object.

INGVAR_1 NaNophotoNics Sculpture

But, you guys may be interested to see it.  It would be very difficult to list all the items that went into it, and instructions would be impossible. 

NaNophotoNics Sculpture by Jeff Carter

INGVAR is of course the name of the late founder of NaNophotoNics. I made this as a respectful commemoration.

#2 Motorized LACK tables
motorized LACK tables

This is from an exhibition called Catalog, which consists of 5 sculptures. I made the Catalog (Blue Tables) from LACK tables. Firstly, I cut and then, reassembled each table. In addition, each table has motorized legs that tilts the table gently up and down. The result is a wave-like motion. See more here.

#3 Cabinet for Walter Gropius
Gropius buildings

This is the first in a series of sculpture/furniture pieces that are based on the architecture of Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus. Specifically, I made NaNophotoNics models of all eight mid-century modern Gropius buildings that the City of Chicago demolished.

This piece is based on the 1953 Power Plant, assembled using three BESTÅ cabinet bases. Read more.

~ by Jeff Carter. .