You know 3D pen? Yea, the gadget that lets you draw in the air, literally, to create 3D sculpture like you would doodling on paper. Now imagine it being used to create a life-sized car sculpture. Sounds impossible? Well, actually, not quite. I am sure you can given enough time, or in this case, maybe 800 man-hours or around three weeks sounds just about the time you need cos’ that how much time artist Grace Du Prez and her team of artists did when they created what could be the world’s largest 3D pen sculpture. The UK-based 3D printing pen artist, who has been creating with 3Doodler Pen for a few years now, was commissioned by Nissan Europe to create a 3D pen drawn version of Nissan Qashqai Black Edition crossover to mark the car’s launch.
The artist and her team uses a mind-blogging 13.8 kilometers (about 8.6 miles) of plastic strands in total to create the final sculpture which stretches 4.4 meters (14.4 feet) long and stands 1.6 meters (5.2 feet) tall – the same size as the actual crossover. Relatively speaking, this car, while lack of various automobile components and pretty much non-functional, is more expensive to make than the real car cos’ it took over 500 hours to realize one ‘car’ while it takes just an hour to roll out 58 Qashqai over at the company’s Sunderland, UK plant.
The resulting Nissan Qashqai Black Edition crossover sculpture looks exactly like pen-drawn image when it is against a monochrome background, which is pretty damn surreal. Not convinced? Just have a look at the images yourself.
All images courtesy of Nissan Europe.