Airborne Snotty Vase: Influenza

A work made of polyamide.

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  • A work made of polyamide.

Date:

2001

Artist:

Marcel Wanders (Dutch, born 1963)
Manufactured by Cappellini S.p.A. (Italian, founded 1946)

About this artwork

Marcel Wanders’s Airborne Snotty Vase is a compelling and humorous example of the creative possibilities enabled by digital fabrication methods, such as high-tech scanning and printing techniques. Here Wanders endeavored to create beauty out of the grotesque by giving visual form to the shape of a human sneeze. Made from an enlarged three-dimensional digital recording of the microscopic mucus particles emitted during a sneeze, this vase was constructed from layers of polyamide powder fused together by heat from a laser beam using rapid prototyping technology. Holes to hold flowers were added to the design during the digital editing stage to transform this biological process into a functional vase.

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Architecture and Design

Artist

Marcel Wanders

Title

Airborne Snotty Vase: Influenza

Origin

Netherlands

Date

2001

Medium

Polyamide

Dimensions

15 x 15 x 15 cm (5 7/8 x 5 7/8 x 5 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of the Architecture & Design Society

Reference Number

2007.61

Extended information about this artwork

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