Vinculum, 2011

Made by Additive Layer Manufacturing from a high quality nylon material with mineral soft coating

Height 30cm (11 3/4")
Width 29cm (11 3/8")
Depth 23.5cm (9")


Private collection, USA


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More about Vinculum, 2011

'Vinculum acts as a link, a bridge between two worlds. It brings together 21st century craft and cutting edge technology with their rich historical roots. Through the use of a QR (Quick Response) code the physical object is liberated and connected to a virtual experience with the potential to lead on to further actual experiences.

Quick Response (QR) barcodes are similar to the barcodes we find on most products in the supermarket. They function as a link to factual information; I was interested exploring their potential for story telling.

To begin with, I generated a QR code and then extruded the resulting 2-dimensional image into a 3-dimensional form using CAD software. This was then given the shape inspired the creamware of Josiah Wedgwood. So the idea is that the owner can scan the Vinculum with a Smart phone barcode reader App, which then connects to a website page where stories can be told, thereby creating a simultaneous actual and virtual experience.

In the setting of a museum or gallery the viewer can be re-directed to other related objects in the collection, enhancing and deepening their experience.'

- Michael Eden, 2011