The Concept Inspired by M.C. Escher’s work, this sculpture is an abstract reflection of one’s self. The entire course of one’s emotional development is displayed as a growing butterfly displaying patterns. Starting from the center and growing and expanding towards the edges, showing you more detail and patterns the closer you look. The Butterfly The development of that single butterfly is represented by 1395 unique butterflies throughout the entire sculpture. Each one different in shape and size and displays a unique moment of growth slightly different than the older or younger one. The patterns that are formed throughout one’s life are represented by the growth of the butterfly’s wings. Throughout its growth each wing starts displaying veins. This seemingly arbitrary development of the individual veins also form clear patterns. However, upon closer look the veins display patterns that are embedded within in the butterfly itself. The Shape While the shape of the sculpture represents one’s emotional growth in certain peaks, it also represents emotional traumas displayed by the sharp cuts through the butterflies. All this is amplified by the irregular sloping surface of the sculpture, pushing the growth upwards and forward and pushing the traumas down and to the back. The continuously changing surface of the sculpture makes it impossible to have the full overview of the development of the 1395 unique butterflies and therefore the overview of one’s self. The Specifics The sculpture consists of 25 uniquely shaped 3D printed pieces assembled together to form the intricate shape of the sculpture. The sculpture itself measures 165cm (5’5”) wide, 100cm (3’3”) tall and over 40cm (1’4”) in depth. From start to finish it took over 2000 hours to design, engineer and produce the sculpture, all done in house.
I’m the creator of this sculpture and want to assess its value to make a limited production.
Thank you for your appraisal inquiry with Mearto. Unfortunately, fair market value estimates are determined based on previous auction records from the artist or comparable objects. Further, auction records do not reflect prices for retail or private sales. As there are no previous auction records for you, the only estimate we can provide is a general estimate based on similar objects found in the auction market within the last couple of years.
As the 3-D printing sculpture market is quite slim at this point, there are not many examples to compare estimates. However, based on my experience in auction houses and the few examples of 3-D printed sculptures found, I would place a fair market estimate of $200 - 500 on the object. As mentioned previously, fair market estimates are not the same as retail or gallery prices. Thank you and please take care.