By: Factum Arte & Fondazione Giorgio Cini Onlus, 2010
Material: Gold-plated bronze & alabaster
Technology: Stereolithography
Manufactured by: Factum Arte

Piranesi’s 2D drawings of 3D objects date back over 245 years. While these objects never previously existed in a physical form, they can now be digitally modeled and brought to life for the first time using 3D printing technology.

Artists and institutions increasingly require a new type of mediation to transform ideas into physical realities. Factum Arte is an atelier and an incubator of creative ideas, founded by British artist Adam Lowe in 2001, dedicated to digital mediation and the production of works in two and three dimensions for contemporary artists, museums, and special projects. The team at Factum Arte’s atelier in Madrid (and the studios in Milan and Bologna) includes artists, engineers, software-writers, craftsmen, conservators, and technicians devoted to masterminding artistic projects and finding solutions to their unique challenges. These activities have resulted in ground-breaking works of art.

The work carried out by Factum Arte is inherently original and diverse. It ranges from three-dimensional facsimiles for major conservation projects (on which it works with Factum Foundation) to archival print editions, vast bronze and stainless steel sculptures, or concrete “prints”—in fact, anything involving sensitivity to, and a practical understanding of, the transformation, mediation, and manipulation of data.

At Factum Arte, the development and application of new technologies goes hand-in-hand with high levels of craftsmanship and manual skills at every stage of the process. Factum Arte has been engaged for some time in developing digital technology to create high-definition archives that are of sufficient quality to be used to re-create the original.