View of the exhibition Joining Forces with the Unknown, Oliver Laric, 2016 © Isabelle Giovacchini

Resemblance by Contact

Date: 2016
Medium: Photography, plexiglass, aluminium

Invited by Lafayette Anticipation to complete a production residency in 2015, Olivier Laric used his time in Paris to study various sculptural reproduction techniques anticipating 3D scanning technology. He sheds light on photosculpture, a little-known system invented and patented by engineer François de Willème in 1860 making it possible to create a highly realistic sculpture in under two days.

Laric also explored various plaster casting techniques, visiting and scanning numerous statues and reliefs belonging to the collections of the Musée Carnavalet, the Musée Guimet and the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine. For Joining Forces with the Unknown, the artist will present a large scale photograph gathering the results of his work in the different Parisian museums.

The artist placed his equipment, his manpower and the high-definition image of the sculpture at the museum’s disposal, in exchange for which he is allowed to use the data to create his own versions of the sculptures by means of casting or 3D printing, or even to complete www.threedscans.com where the scans are made freely available to the public.
Laric’s web intervention encourages their reuse and redistribution, far from the fields of art and heritage by amateurs, artist and other open-source enthusiasts.

Joël Rivault, Aurélien Rivière and Florian Gravet from 3D Solutions (scans 3D)
Project partner institutions:
Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine ; Dépôt des sculptures de la Ville de Paris ; Musée Carnavalet ; Musée Guimet ; Musée du Louvre
View of the exhibition Joining Forces with the Unknown, Oliver Laric, 2016 © Isabelle Giovacchini
View of the exhibition Joining Forces with the Unknown, Oliver Laric, 2016 © Isabelle Giovacchini
View of the exhibition Joining Forces with the Unknown, Oliver Laric, 2016 © Isabelle Giovacchini
View of the exhibition Joining Forces with the Unknown, Oliver Laric, 2016 © Isabelle Giovacchini