The "Venus" Project

Project description

The base of Lukas Mayr's "Venus" project is the Venus sculpture, which was created by hand. Venus spreads its message in the province of South Tyrol, but its goal is to carry this message into the world. Therefore, the sculpture was measured with a 3D scanner. This is how the digital twin was created. This digital twin has been digitally modified in different ways.
In the first version, the shape is taken 1:1 from the 3D scan of the sculpture and only the colour and the space are digitally reinterpreted.There are 5 NFTs of this specific version of the Venus.
In addition, there is a version where the original shape of the 3D scan has been digitally transformed, as well as space and colour, and a digital animation added, which also form a new context together. This transformed version consists of 1 NFT.
There are 5 NFTs of this specific version of the Venus.
In addition, there is a version where the original shape of the 3D scan has been digitally transformed, as well as space and colour, and a digital animation added, which also form a new context together. This transformed version consists of a 1 NFT.
The transformed version will be realised in the physical world by a 3D milling machine. There will be 5 of these sculptures. 
Each step of the transformation represents a work of art and each transformation carries the message of the first Venus and represents it in its individual way.
At the same time, the change of form from 5 spheres to 6 spheres represents transformation. It reflects the earth with its fertility, which automatically arises when it is in balance.
In addition, the transforming Venus rises again and again, showing that as long as there is balance, there is also hope for fertility and peace.

 

Venus Work-inprogress

The "Venus" was created by the artist Lukas Mayr, who was born in South Tyrol (Italy). The sculpture was created for the 4th Biennale "Idea Unika" in Val Gardena (Italy). He worked on it alone for over 1.5 years.During this time, layer after layer of different types of cement were applied in combination with stones and iron.  The "Venus" is massive, consists of 5 spheres and is 3 metres high in total and weighs 12 tons.

Step 1

Venus sculpture

1 piece

The project envisages that the sculpture Venus will visit a different city every 2 years, for a total of 8 years, to bring fertility and peace to the land of South Tyrol and thus show us that we all have the same origin. Challenges have always been overcome together. The motto is: "Let us create new and beautiful things together, so that we can look with pride at our part in history - because we can!"

Venus currently stands in the municipality of Klausen in South Tyrol (Italy) until November 2023.

Step 2

3D scan of Venus NFT

5 pieces

The 3D scan reproduces the shape of the Venus sculpture 1:1, with a maximum deviation of 2 millimetres. The colour and the background were created digitally. The shape has not been changed.The aim is to show as accurately as possible the process of transferring the physical sculpture, which was worked on physically for a long time, to the digital. A transformation of being.

Step 3

3D scan digitally modified NFT

1 piece

The 3D scan was digitally modified, the shape, the colour, the background and the movement were animated. This is a transformation of a 3D scan into an animation. A sphere has been added that is also a reflection of our Earth, which always manages to maintain the values of Venus and follow its path of fertility. We as humans are a part of it and can become aware of it.

Step 4

Sculpture made my 3D milling machine

5 pieces

Physical sculptures will be created from the digitally altered 3D version of Venus. 3D milling machines will be used for this. Through the milling process, the physical sculptures are 1:1 like the NFT and represent the next stage of transformation. The upper part is made of walnut wood and the lower part of metal. As with the NFT, the sculptures physically move back and forth. There is a moment when the digital representation and the physical world merge and so does the message of Venus.



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[ Venus ]

Lukas Mayr’s sculpture is an account of geological eras, remote, far-away times on which nevertheless our civilisation is

founded. It recalls the dynamics of the formation of the planets: spheres like asteroids come together due to the effect

of gravity, to create worlds. But it is also reminiscent of the archaic form of the Mother Goddess, which can be seen in

a sort of summarised female body. The title refers to the ancient goddess of beauty and by extension to life, as in the

way ancient peoples celebrated fertility. Taken together it recalls the geometry of the pentagram, whose symbolism

connects human beings with everything that exists. Moreover, the sculpture rests on a granite base, a boulder quarried at Cornaiano, but which originated from Parcines, 50 kilometres further north. A journey made possible by the glacier, which in remote times shaped the territory. Blue crystals set within the granite recall the energy of the sky and gaze at us like eyes, observing our steps precisely in these places shaped by the passing of time.

 

Art critic, Andrea Baffoni