Category: Skuplturen

Anthropomorphic figures

Digitaler Entwurf einer Figur von Cathrin Hoffmann

Consumed, anthropomorphic figures in shades of Bordeaux and blue dominate the imposing paintings and sculptures of Berlin artist Cathrin Hoffmann. “I create creatures that are close enough to humans that you can identify with them and far enough away that you can engage with them. If I see something that puts me off at first, I look closer…” says the artist.

On behalf of the artist, we were allowed to produce some of these impressive, humanoid sculptures according to her digital designs. The first four figures in sizes up to 236 cm were milled out of styrofoam. In the next order, we milled three more smaller figures from a very durable and hard PU material. All these unique pieces were then reworked by Cathrin Hoffmann by hand and partly coated with epoxy resin before being given a monochrome paint finish. These anthropomorphic figures – created through metamorphosis from the idea to the digital to the analogue world – have been presented to the public in renowned galleries worldwide, e.g.:

We are looking forward to the constructive cooperation and to the further artworks of the likeable artist.
The company ACCENTFORM has already made 7 sculptures for me from a wide variety of materials. Before I discovered ACCENTFORM, numerous other companies assured me that my sculptures were too special and not feasible. However, ACCENTFORM has mastered every sculpture with flying colours. The friendly personal contact and the speed of production are remarkable and a unique selling point for me. One notices that the company, in addition to the professional production of industrial series products, also likes to put love and detail into the tricky task of making art objects. (Cathrin Hoffmann’s feedback)
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Artwork “Mother” for Fred Wilson

We were commissioned by renowned American artist Fred Wilson to collaborate on a special work of art, “Mother”. This artwork celebrates the beauty of “Mother Earth”. It is a multi-level sculpture of twelve globes tilted at various angles and surrounded by Fred Wilson’s signature black “drops”. The imposing sculpture extends over several floors as a permanent installation in Terminal C of La Guardia Airport in New York.

This exciting project presented us with a variety of challenges. As a basis for the later earth balls, we first produced 12 hollow spheres from 6-8 mm thick GRP layer. The size of the spheres varied from 0.46 m up to a gigantic diameter of 3.36 m. The spheres had to meet various requirements due to their subsequent placement in the airport terminal: They were to have a non-combustible surface in accordance with ASTM 84 Class A. Furthermore, they were weighted down with additional weights so that they would not sway too much in the event of an earthquake. For the installation of the sphere, a suspension from the ceiling was provided. For this purpose, a very stable internal steel suspension device had to be constructed. The largest sphere had to be divided into four equal sections to make it transportable.

After all the spheres were surface treated and sanded smooth, they were given a coat of black paint, which the artist Fred Wilson intended to be the base color. The next challenge was to turn all the spheres into globes. The contours of a world map were applied to the black surface with the help of a CNC machine: For some only the continents, for others also individual 195 countries of the globe.

The large “drops” that are part of the installation are made of 100 percent aluminum. They were milled at our partner Industrie Mechanik Böger Maschinenbau GmbH and further processed by us to give them a high-gloss black surface.

When the work on the globes had progressed, Fred Wilson personally got a picture of the process on site and worked out the further “tactics” together with our team. During further stays of several weeks, Fred Wilson had added a strong structure to many of the continents on the globes by his own hand. The globes were then all painted differently by hand according to very precise color specifications. The handwork was done by Fred Wilson on site with the help of some creative helpers. This cooperation was a good opportunity to bring the likeable artist also a little piece of Germany and its culture closer 😉

In the end, the globes were given a coat of varnish. The final hurdle was packing and shipping the elements to America and setting up the installation in Terminal C of La Guradia Airport in New York. Our staff was on site in October 2022 to provide technical support and bring the work to a successful conclusion.

The eye-catcher “Mother” at the airport of Delta Airlines will continue to attract the attention of passengers for many years to come. It was a great pleasure for us to get to know Fred Wilson personally and to accompany him on his major art project.

 

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Bericht in The New York Times

Ravensburger Play Figures

Der Spielehersteller Ravensburger ist weltweit durch seine Gesellschaftsspiele und Puzzles bekannt. Um die Neugier der Kunden zu wecken strebt er an, vor den Geschäften einige beliebte Spielfiguren aufzustellen.

Zu diesem Zweck wurde bei ACCENTFORM eine Reihe der Spielfiguren in Größen zwischen 1,2-1,5 m nachgebildet. Dabei handelte sich um vier Charaktere aus vier verschieden Spielen: den Hasen von Lotti Karotti, den Pinguin aus Plitsch-Platsch Pinguin, die Kakerlake aus Kakerlakak und den Maulwurf aus Maulwurf Company.

Zuerst wurden aus den 2D-Figuren 3D-Modelle erstellt. Anschließend wurden die stark vergrößerten Spielfiguren in einen Hartschaum CNC gefräst und im Handlaminatverfahren mit GFK ummantelt. Abschließend erfolgte die Grundierung und Airbrush-Lackierung. Besonders wichtig dabei ist die Einhaltung des Corporate Designs. Durch eine Bodenplatte haben die Objekte ein Podest erhalten, das gegen Umfallen und Diebstahl schützt.

 

Ostrich sculptures

ACCENTFORM was commissioned by the German Armed Forces to produce two large ostrich sculptures after winning a tender.

The birds, which are a good two and a half meters in size, were initially carved by hand from templates. To give the sculpture stability, the feet were welded from solid steel tubing and attached to a steel pedestal. In order to obtain a hard and weatherproof surface, the bird sculptures were completely covered with a 2 mm thick layer of GRP using the hand-laminating process.

After the surface was filled, sanded and primed, the pair of ostriches could be given a realistic appearance by airbrush painting. Since May 2018, the giant ostriches have adorned the traffic circle near the Hardenberg barracks, greeting passing visitors to the garrison town of Strausberg.

Press reports:
Strausbergs Super-Strauße (MOZ)
Debate um gelbe Streifen (MOZ)

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Horse figure Spirit

The wild mustang Spirit is the hero in a well-known Super RTL series and is now known not only to girls between 6-9 years. He is a special friend and soulmate of 12-year-old Lucky and accompanies her daily on her exciting adventures.

On behalf of the advertising agency PIE Five Marketing, ACCENTFORM produced a true-tooriginal 2m high Spirit figure made of GRP for the children’s TV station Super RTL. First, the body was milled from Styrofoam on a CNC machining center using the CAD files supplied. In order to obtain a hard and weatherproof surface, the soft Styrofoam surface was coated with a 2 mm thick GRP layer using the hand lay-up process. In order to create a smooth and even surface, the entire area must be filled, sanded and primed. This work process is very time-consuming and essentially affects the product quality. Professional painting by graffiti artist BeNeR1 breathed life into the horse sculpture. To protect the airbrush painting and for a nature-identical look, an extremely matte clear coat was finally applied. The finished sculpture is mounted on a mobile base plate with four wheels to ensure mobility at changing exhibition locations.

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Paw Patrol Figuren aus GFK - Werbefiguren

Paw Patrol – dog figures

The popular Canadian series PAW Patrol inspires children of preschool age all over the world. The heroic rescue squadron, consisting of six rescuers on four paws, is the center of attention. We were allowed to produce two of these adorable characters in large format on behalf of the Advertising agency PIE Five Marketing the fearless, smart Skye and the athletic Chase.

First, the figures were milled from Styrofoam on a CNC machining center using the CAD files supplied. In order to obtain a hard and weatherproof surface, the soft Styrofoam models were coated with a 2 mm thick GRP layer using the hand laminate process. To create a smooth and even surface, the entire laminate layer had to be
sanded and primed.

The graffiti artist BeNeR1 ensured that the animal sculptures were painted true to the original. To protect the surface, matte clear lacquer was finally applied.

In the end, the beautiful sight of these two friendly dog heroes will delight not only children’s hearts…

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Giant salamander

The well-known Hannover Adventure Zoo is currently being expanded by the construction of a new Zoologicum themed area. This theme world will present giant tortoises, amphibians, sloths, macaws, coatis & co. in a stimulating appearance. In keeping with this themed landscape, we were commissioned with an oversized salamander figure that crawls along the tower at the entrance to the Zoologicum to welcome visitors.
The five-meter-long amphibian replica was first milled in several segments using our 3-axis milling machine. The assembled figure was then coated with polyurea hotcoat. The orange-skinlike spray structure not only gives the fire salamander an authentic surface, but also makes it hard and weatherproof. Four stainless steel plates were provided on the feet for later attachment to the tower’s facade and integrated into the feet. After being primed in black, the giant salamander was realistically painted by hand and sealed with a glossy coat of varnish in a lifelike manner.

Customer feedback:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team. The implementation of our idea, a larger-than-life salamander, you have succeeded very well. Here in the house, everyone is thrilled with the result. On Friday, the figure will hang in its final place and inspire people for animals. A special thanks to Mrs. Wagner, for the friendly support.” (Detlef Meiners)

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Styrofoam artwork – Katharina Grosse

The internationally renowned artist Katharina Grosse has temporarily transformed the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin as well as parts of the outdoor area into an unmanageably large, colorful work of art. The boundaries between painting and sculpture are unconventionally dissolved in Katharina Grosse’s space-transcending and color-intensive artworks. Thus, in this exhibition entitled “It Wasn’t Us,” huge, rock-like elements, the floor inside and outside the museum, and parts of the façade also merge into a gigantic, three-dimensional painting in vibrant colors.

ACCENTFORM was commissioned to manufacture and assemble the oversized sculptural elements and was thus allowed to contribute to this extraordinary installation. This project presented us with a number of challenges, which we mastered in good cooperation with the client.

A Styrofoam model of the artwork, handmade by the artist in a scale of 1:50, was scanned externally and converted into 3D data. These served us as a template for 3D milling. A total of five Styrofoam objects were involved. First, a test model on a scale of 1:10 was milled using our 5- axis milling machine based on the 3D data. This model then served the artist in her studio as a
visual object for color matching and further adjustments, which were then milled by us on a scale of 1:5.

The 1:5 model was also revised again by the artist and after its approval we were able to mill the five rock-like objects in their original size. Due to the gigantic dimensions of up to 21 m in length and 7 m in height, these first had to be sensibly segmented. The milling time of 1,400 hours and the Styrofoam consumption of 1,050 m³ alone give an indication of the magnitude of this gigantic project.

After the parts were provisionally assembled, Katharina Grosse and her assistants worked on the surface with hot wire on site in our halls according to their ideas.

Skulptur vor dem Bemalen, Foto: Philip Radowitz

Sculpture before painting, photo: Philip Radowitz

Art exhibition “It Wasn´t Us”

The finished segments were delivered individually to Berlin and assembled on site in the historic hall of the Hamburg train station. The assembly by our team took nine days. The artist then made further adjustments to the surface and painted over the white “icebergs” with bright colors using a spray technique and integrated them into her space-blasting installation.

We were personally able to get an impression of this extraordinary work of art at the exhibition opening and are proud to have contributed to it within the scope of our possibilities.

As this work by Katharina Grosse is also a time-limited installation, the styrofoam elements will be 100% recycled after the end of the exhibition.

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Stone imitations

nelson-saule-gfkOn request we develop and realize stone imitations and rock imitations made of GRP, which hardly differ optically from real stones. Whether an asteroid, a huge rock, an erratic boulder, a stone column or a sculpture that appears to be chiseled out of a rock to be. These stone replicas can be realized in almost any size and in a wide variety of shapes.

Artificial rocks and stone imitations made of GRP are dimensionally stable, resilient and frostproof. In contrast to natural stone, they are characterized by a low dead weight. These positive properties make them suitable for any indoor or outdoor application: as complex riding obstacles, decorative or climbing elements in amusement parks or as eye-catchers at various events.

The basic shape of the stone models is first cut by hand from a polystyrene block, e.g. with a chain saw. It is then encased in fiberglass using the hand-laminating process. The authentic surface is realized with a colored basic coloring in connection with stone application.

 

 


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STONEHENGE-Replica

 

Banner Asteroid aus Kunststoff

ASTEROID-Vesta

Movement Sculptures

Please touch!

This is the name of the participatory art action initiated by the Paderborn artist Manfred Webel. He sees a sculpture first and foremost as a social object that interacts with the viewer not just by looking at it but by touching it. Unlike a visit to a museum, his rolling works of art may and should be touched and moved. Thus, Manfred Webel makes art not only visible, but tangible for ALL on his tour through all of North Rhine-Westphalia.

We at ACCENTFORM were allowed to contribute to this wonderful action by producing a total of nine objects by Manfred Webel in different sizes. The movement sculptures with their own names “Quattroporte, Monami, Bubble and Chair” were first CNC milled from Styrofoam and then coated with fiberglass reinforced plastic using a laminating process. Some of the sculptureser Some of the sculptures received a monochrome red paint finish, while others were further finished by the artist himself.

The constructive cooperation with the sympathetic artist was a great pleasure for us!

“I really enjoy working with Accentform, not only because they have a deep technical understanding and work in a very solution-oriented way, but also because they have a heart for new issues and innovations to be developed for them. I also like the old school of concluding contracts with a handshake and the absolute binding nature of verbally exchanged agreements”.
Manfred Webel

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