An Alien-Like Cathedral, 3D-Printed Out of Sand

Earlier this summer, we showed you Digital Grotesque—an amazing plan to 3D print a cathedral-like room that looked like it came out of Alien. The architects behind the concept just finished, and the actual room is just as amazing as the original renderings. This short video and the photos to follow will make your jaw drop. [Digital-Grotesque via PopSci]

An Alien-Like Cathedral, 3D-Printed Out of Sand

An Alien-Like Cathedral, 3D-Printed Out of Sand

An Alien-Like Cathedral, 3D-Printed Out of Sand

An Alien-Like Cathedral, 3D-Printed Out of Sand

An Alien-Like Cathedral, 3D-Printed Out of Sand

Images via Digital-Grotesque

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Artists Are 3D-Printing a Room That Looks Like An Alien Cathedral

Who cares about plastic 3D-printed models of your head when an amazing, ornate room is being 3D printed out of sandstone? Digital Grotesque, as the project is called, looks like it was ripped from the frames of a sci-fi film.

Designers Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer recently previewed a 1:3 scale model of the room at Materializing Exhibition in Tokyo, and before that at the Swiss Art Awards in Basel, Switzerland. The entire room will be unveiled on July 22.

The oddly-detailed room looks like a cross between an alien skeletal system and a cathedral on another planet. Which makes sense, because it's being created using an algorithm that divides and repeats forms seen in the work of Swiss surrealist artist H.R. Giger to create crazy patterns. For a little background, Giger won an Oscar for his work on the visual effects team of the movie Alien. This is what Dillenburger and Hansmeyer had to see about the piece:

Inspired by the natural process of cell division, we develop an algorithm that iteratively divides and transforms the initial geometry of a simple cube. Despite simple rules, a complex world of forms arises at multiple scales: between ornament and structure, between order and chaos, foreign and yet familiar: a digital grotesque.

Check out some pictures of the process below, but otherwise you'll have to wait another month to see the whole thing. Sigourney Weaver alien baby not included. [Creators Project]

Artists Are 3D-Printing a Room That Looks Like An Alien Cathedral

Artists Are 3D-Printing a Room That Looks Like An Alien Cathedral

Artists Are 3D-Printing a Room That Looks Like An Alien Cathedral

Artists Are 3D-Printing a Room That Looks Like An Alien Cathedral

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