The Speculative Object:
Site in an Asynchronic Age

Jennifer Weiler

This webpage summarizes my sculpture as part of the show "The Speculative Object: Site in an Asynchronic Age." The show was a three-year collaboration between William Paterson University and Arizona State University, where it opened before traveling to several locations including the International Sculpture Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

Fabrication Process

The sculptures were created by milling the digital design into stryrofoam at William Paterson University. The styrofoam models were then shipped to Arizona State University, where they were cast into metal.

Original 3D model
You can see more about my work generating vases from raster images by clicking here

Images from metal casting process

Cut styrofoam is assembled

Rubber mold is created from sytrofoam model

Liquid wax is poured into the rubber mold
The wax then hardens into a replica of the original styrofoam model

The wax model is shelled in a silicone slurry that hardens into a shell (left)
The wax is then heated and drained out of the silicone mold, and liquid bronze is poured in
The silicone shell is then broken open, and the bronze sculpture is revealed (right)

Finished bronze sculpture with patina

Digital Renderings

A special feature of the Speculative Object exhibition included the works in virtual reality settings around the globe using Google Earth, which allowed the viewer to click and travel to see—virtually—the sculptures in a setting planned by the artist. My sculpture was placed on a beach in southern Iceland.

The exhibitions inclusion of past and future technologies, used and presented side-by-side, enlarges the viewer's conception of sculpture in the age of the Internet.

The digital model placed in a location on google earth (the black sand beaches in Iceland)

Virtual reality viewing

Below is a video created by William Paterson University which describes
the goals of the Speculative Object show