What began as drawings—ornately complicated ones—were finally realized into 3-D sculptures thanks to “a perfect storm of software technology and materials engineering,” says artist Josh Harker. That includes the magic of crowd-sourcing financing via Kickstarter, which catapulted Josh to one of its all-time top fundraisers for this project. This is how Andy first discovered him and A+R is thrilled to have been among the very first to carry the collection.
A Midwestern boy with artist parents, grown-up Josh is a classically trained sculptor who attended the Kansas City Art Institute and St. Ambrose University. As a commercial artist in the toy, special effects and product worlds, he grew fascinated with the potential of digital sculpture. These innovative skulls (and beetles, available also at A+R) are the outcome, using SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) 3-D printed polyamide nylon via Shapemakers, one of the worldwide leaders in 3D printing and based in Queens, NY. Polyamide is essentially a nylon and glass powder fused together with a laser. After several layers and steps, Josh then hand finishes each sculpture.
There are four sizes in all, from a mini gem to the life-sized version.