Designer Michiel van der Kley has been experimenting with 3D printers for a couple of years, but his amazing Project EGG was only just unveiled during Dutch Design Week 2014. Made from biodegradable plastic, this poetic pavilion embodies a new way of creating and collaborating using open-source machines and the power of the Internet. Featuring 4,760 uniquely shaped stones, this sculptural cocoon is the largest desktop 3D-printed art project co-created by people from all over the world.
The fantastic Project EGG was made possible thanks to a few 3D printing machines, an enthusiastic community and the great collaborative idea behind it. Inspired by the fact that “most large things are often made from a collection of small things,” the Dutch designer created the pavilion, which wasn’t limited by the printers’ size. Using social networks and the power of the internet, people from all over the world — from Australia to Croatia — printed a stone, added their name and sent it over to the artist in Eindhoven.
The result is spectacular and collaborative, with an egg-shaped pavilion made from 4,760 uniquely shaped stones. Measuring 16 x 13 x 20 foot, the organic structure is the largest 3D-printed community art project in the world so far. Made from re-usable and biodegradable PLA, it invites festivalgoers to enter it and be inundated by the play of light and shade, discovering up to 100 different shades of white within the large empty space.
Photos by Michiel van der Kley