Michael Rees describes himself as a new media sculptor. His outdoor sculpture, Putto 4 over 4, was created using multiple new technologies to both manufacture and give meaning to the work. The process for this sculpture started with an original computer model, designed with a variety of sophisticated software: Cinema 4D™, Maya® 3D and Studio Max®. The resulting shape reflects Rees’ fascination with human body parts that have been detached and repurposed. In this case four pair of pudgy baby legs, like the limbs of Renaissance putti (winged cherubs), and four fingers are connected along a sausage-like body without a head or any other anatomical features. Rees then collaborated with an animator, Seong Joon Lee, to make the 3D model move. According to the artist, “the model became the instruction for the animation.” The 3D model was built in Cinema 4D™ and then rendered in Maya® 3D.
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