Volute 1: Au Clair de la Lune, by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

This sculpture is the world’s first 3D-printed speech bubble. In 1860, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville recorded the phrase “Au clair de la lune” on his phonoautograph, making the first known recording of human speech. In this piece, the same phrase is materialized with a new method developed by Lozano-Hemmer’s studio. Breath exhaled while speaking is made by scanning using a custom-made laser, then converted into a 3D shape, and finally printed into a high-definition stainless steel sculpture.

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