3D Printing Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol's SignatureAndy Warhol’s Signature, 2014
Josh Ajima (American, Born 1972)
3D Printed in PLA Plastic

Campbell’s, 1985 by Andy Warhol found at http://studioforcreativeinquiry.org/events/warhol-discovery was used as a visual reference for this piece.
Campbell’s, 1985
Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987)
Digital image, from disk 1998.3.2129.3.22
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh;
Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
© 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

A news article announces the discovery of lost works by Andy Warhol. http://boingboing.net/2014/04/24/lost-warhol-originals-extracte.html The works are digital art created on an Amiga by Andy Warhol in 1985.

A media archaeology team has restored the files from disk and published photos of 3 original works. http://studioforcreativeinquiry.org/events/warhol-discovery

The photos allow for a pixel perfect recreation of the original artwork. Careful analysis of the photos gives enough information for the manual placement of 2d pixel to create an image map. The image map serves as reference for the manual placement of voxels to create a 3D sculpture. The voxels are converted to an STL and 3D printed in PLA plastic.

Download and 3D print your own copy http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:321673

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Fair use is claimed for this work. It transforms a 2D image to 3D sculpture in a medium unavailable to the original artist. The ability to 3D print the work in plastic speaks to the original artists insights into mass production and commodification. The purpose of this work is to question the concept of art and value in a digital world.


“I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.”
– Andy Warhol