Technological Toolboxes

The Technological Toolboxes explore the history of early human technology as
an extension of the body, prior to the Industrial Revolution. Each box contains a set of related objects, and explores either the evolution of a form or a theory of movement. The boxes are each titled with an infinitive verb emphasizing action. The project seeks to pose the question of what will happen to objects in the increasingly virtual world.


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The Technological Toolboxes explore the history of early human technology as
an extension of the body, prior to the Industrial Revolution. Each box contains a set of related objects, and explores either the evolution of a form or a theory of movement. The boxes are each titled with an infinitive verb emphasizing action. The tools contained in the toolbox were modeled in paper mache and clay by the
artist, and then scanned with a structured light 3D laser scanner. Digital meshes were created and output via a 3D printer in a gypsum composite colloquially known as ‘sandstone’, and in some cases, a nylon plastic. Each box is accompanied by the set of files to reprint the objects at a later date as the technology evolves, though only set of tools should exist at any given time. The project seeks to pose the question of what will happen to objects in the increasingly virtual world.

  • To Pound, 2016
    Eleven 3-D printed gypsum and nylon elements in powder-coated steel toolbox
    36 x 22 x 4 inches
  • To Cut, 2016
    Eleven 3-D printed gypsum and nylon elements in powder-coated steel toolbox
    36 x 22 x 4 inches
  • To Pump, 2016
    Seven 3-D printed gypsum and nylon elements in powder-coated steel toolbox
    36 x 22 x 4 inches
  • To Forge, 2016
    Nine 3-D printed gypsum and nylon elements in powder-coated steel toolbox
    36 x 22 x 4 inches