Bridget Mongeon is a talented Texan artist who has been a pioneer in adopting 3D technologies in her workflow to produce amazing bonze-casted sculptures. In 2015 we covered what is possibly her greatest work to date (and definitely her largest), the Mad Hatter Tea Party, while she was still working on it. Since then, this incredible digital sculpture has been cast and has been making a lot of families happy at the Evelyn’s Park Conservancy, where it has been placed.
In order to create it, Bridget used 3D sculpting software like Zbrush, 3D printing technology to make the models, and subtractive 3D technology to create the large format cast parts. Now, however, it is time for the sculpture to take a reverse path. The work is going to be 3D scanned, digitalized and the 3D printed again in miniature size, so that it can be cast into limited edition bronze statuettes.
“I have a commitment and a date from a 3D scanning company that will be coming out to 3D scan at Evelyn’s Park Conservancy,” Bridget confirmed on Facebook. “We are scanning in two ways. The first is the entire area of the park with the sculpture. This will give us a virtual reality type of scan.” Bridget – who is also an author and quite active in education activities focusing on 3D technologies, is also looking for volunteer coders or gamers that can take the sculpture and make it into a free educational resource.
“Then we will be scanning the entire pieces in detail. One by one. This will take up to 6 hour each … We will then reduce these scans down and 3D print them before sending them to Deep In The Heart Art Foundry for casting as limited edition bronzes.”
Bridget is currently taking preorders which will help to actually get these into production. Prices have not yet been announced but there are going to be two sizes: one is approximately 15 inches tall; the other is about 10 inches tall. The 15 inch tall one is a limited edition of 10. In the future, there may open-ended editions.
Staying true to the original story, Bridget Mongeon’s Alice in Wonderland 3D printed sculpture keeps getting big and small in her studio; not with elixirs and mushrooms but with digital technology. And the rabbit hole keeps going deeper.