Next week, New York’s Coney Island will feature the largest 3D printed installation ever made. A year ago, 49-year-old Brooklyn-based artist Fred Kahl, who calls himself the Great Fredini, started a successful Kickstarter campaign to scan and 3D print people taking a stroll though Coney Island. He worked a year on his funky-named Coney Island Scan-A-Rama project, with his 1:13 scale replica of Coney Island’s famous Luna Park. The Coney Island Museum now exhibits his installation, which will be opened to the public from Sunday, May 25.
The Great Fredini, let’s call him that way, raised more than $16,000 with his Kickstarter project last year’s August, and so he started working on it. The 3D printing enthusiast scanned hundreds of Coney’s citizens and visitors. They will now be viewed in a 3D printed version in this largest installation ever made on a 3D printer, called the Thompson & Dundy’s Luna Park: 3D Printed by the Great Fredini. His printers worked over 10,000 hours to print out the people and the installation, consisting of hundreds to thousands of 3D prints, will be so big that it can fit an entire gallery of the museum.
The Great Fredini pointed at the importance of Coney Island’s Luna Park for the field of technology: “Luna Park has a special place in history, a witness to the society being transformed by technology. These are the themes that are relevant to us today as our world undergoes the third industrial revolution,” he said. “This piece is also about a deep love of Coney Island as the cultural melting pot and showcase for presenting cutting-edge technology as entertainment.”
Mister Fredini is a graduate of New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and he currently is the Executive Creative Director at powerhouse New York design studio Funny Garbage. He has been highly interested at 3D printing, as the artist has even created his own hardware to create full body 3D scans, therefore using an Xbox Kinect game controller in order to capture a 3D image of his subjects. The project made it to CNN and Made Magazine and was used by Shapeways for an ongoing installation at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City. For this new project, an artist’s reception will be held on Sunday, July 6 from 2 until 6 pm.
Image credits: Fred Kahl, er, the Great Fredini.