Marcel Duchamp redefined the word “art” with his Readymades. Now, nearly 100 years later, artists Bryan Cera and Scott Kildall have made it possible to reproduce one of the conceptual artist’s personal belongings, on demand, through the magic of 3D printing.
Though he is best known for his groundbreaking artwork, Duchamp was also an avid chess player (if you’re curious, there’s a book, Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess). Shortly after debuting The Fountain in 1917, Duchamp fled the New York art scene for Buenos Aires, where he developed a passion for the game. He even went so far as to carve his own set, with the help of a local craftsman.
That handmade object has since been lost, but Cera and Kildall were able to resurrect it by creating computer-generated 3D models of each piece based on photographic records. Readymake: Duchamp Chess Set allows anyone to create their own version of a highly personalized object belonging to the late artist, which seems to be a fitting tribute to Duchamp’s life and career. … (Read more)