Day 129/365 of Steel – Julian Voss-Andreae

A Photo of Julian Voss-Andreae
Fig 1: A Photo of Julian Voss-Andreae
Image source: http://www.art-squat.com/articles2/Julien/

Julian Voss-Andreae is a German sculptor living and working in the U.S. He was born in Hamburg, and started out as a painter. He later studied experimental physics at the universities of Berlin, Edinburgh and Vienna. He moved to the U.S. in 2000 and graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2004. Voss-Andreae’s work is heavily influenced by his background in science. He developed one of his signature styles of sculpture where the human figure has volume and weight when viewed from one angle and almost completely disappears at another.

“Elective Affinities” in Palm Desert, CA, United States
Fig 2: “Elective Affinities” in Palm Desert, CA, United States
Image source: http://www.art-squat.com/articles2/Julien/

He made his first “Quantum Man” by carving the walking figure out of a large block of Styrofoam and then physically slicing it up with a knife. He then traced the shape of each slice onto steel to cut it out. In later iterations, he photographed each part and traced the outlines on the computer to create files that allowed for CNC cutting of the metal.

Outdoor famous modern stainless steel woman sculpture
Fig 3: Outdoor famous modern stainless steel woman sculpture
Image source: https://amazing.zone/metal-sculptures-that-almost-vanish-in-front-of-you/

In 2012 he did his first photogrammetry life-scan, still in very low resolution with an early, now obsolete technology. He loved the outcome and soon realized that the key was the high degree of global accuracy that made this technology able to capture something very subtle about the human body.

Sculpture "Quantum Man"
Fig 4: Sculpture “Quantum Man”
Image Author: Julianva 

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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