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