3D Printed Publication of Bas Relief from The Art Institute of Chicago by Tom Burtonwood.
Folium is released under the following Creative Commons License
Folium was created at the Art Institute of Chicago between January and August 2014
by Tom Burtonwood as part of his Artist in Residence in the Ryan Education Center. Folium
is a 3D Printed Publication of Bas Relief from the museums collection crossing over two thousand
years of human history. The name Folium comes from the Latin for leaf and refers to
the ornamental leaves that enable each page to bend.
Huge thank you to Susan Kuliak, Caitlin Deutsch, Meghan McClaren, Liz Neely and everyone at the Art Institute of Chicago for hosting me during my Artist in Residence there. Special thank you to Yasmine Afshar for her invaluable help scanning and choosing the pieces at arranging Folium and AIC.
Folium features 3D scans created using Autodesk's 123D Grab and Recap photogrammetry
programs. These scans we edited in Netfabb Pro, cleaned up for 3D printing and
joined with STL files created in Autodesk's Tinkercad to create the "pages."
Each of the scans is printed with the positive and negative on the exact same page, enabling
individuals to use malleable materials to make duplicates of all pieces inside Folium. Only
reverse the two fixing bolts and slide the pages out. Detach from the flexible leaf if you
pick. When finished just slide and fit the bolt and fasten together with the nut.
Each page is attached to a flexible leaf held in place by two 136mm long bolts and which are fixed by two knurled nuts. The nuts and bolts are derived from "Knurled surface
completing library" a openSCAD library by aubenc ( http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:9095 )
Each "leaf" ought to be printed in Ninjaflex, PolyFelx or a similar flexible springy
polymer enabling the person pages to bend and open like a "routine" novel might.
Folium is designed with braille translations of the front cover, as well as the listing of works to
support acknowledgement for the low sighted and visually impaired. The braille translations were
made using nischi's openSCAD Braille Writer library ( http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:36921 ) and jaqtikkun's openSCAD Braille numbers, 1-12 in Nemeth code with number sign ( http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:274081 )
Folium is accessible from Github along with Thingiverse. Also the Tinkercad versions are made accessible.
Tinkercad Spine: https://www.tinkercad.com/things/bYiRizB2SV4-folium-12-page-spine
Tinkercad Leaf: https://www.tinkercad.com/things/7ZT1JO5Ywbq-folium-decorative-leaf
Tinkercad Page: https://www.tinkercad.com/things/kVbAkJp3SCm-folium-page
List of Works
- Help Plaque Depicting the God Horus as a Falcon, Late Period - Ptolemaic Period
- Relief Plaque Depicting a Queen or Goddess, Ptolemaic Period (305-30 B.C.)
- Relief Panel, first century A.D.
- Buddha’s Footprints, India, Andhra Pradesh, second century
- Stamped Tile with Crouching Ascetics, fifth century
- Architectural Panel with Parrots, Indonesia, Java, ninth century
- Coronation Stone of Motecuhzoma II (Stone of the Five Suns), fifteenth century
- Plaque with Portrait of George Washington, nineteenth century
- Louis H. Sullivan, Felsenthal, Eli B., Shop: Ornamental Panel early twentieth century.