The challenge set for us by the artist He Xiangyu is to produce three large sculptures, approx. 2x2 meters in size, based on a 30 x 30 cm original
Japanese egg carton.
As the artist requires an imitation of the original that is as detailed as possible, the original is digitised using a high-precision 3D measuring system.
The 3D data gained from this is used for the creation of the master model, taking into consideration during casting the subsequent component
weight, stability, wall thickness and flow rate.
The master model is created using a stereo lithography printing process. This then serves as the basis for the subsequent sand moulded casting.
Finally, aluminium is poured into the 3 objects – in the form of their pre-prepared sand moulds – and these are then coated several times with gold
leaf (23 carat), using traditional craftsmanship.
Object: HE XIANGYU EGG Gold-plated aluminium sculpture
Location: Paris, London
Contracting entity: He Xiangyu
Realisation period: 11 montss after design freeze