Wednesday Links: Duchamp’s Urinal Lives On

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on April 24, 2013 · 4 comments Events

  • Dan Fox is now the co-editor of Frieze. [Frieze]
  • How do you build a large contemporary art collection? Here’s one successful method: send letters to well-known artists and swap “totally insane looking” drawings from your autistic son for their work. That ploy got the attention of This American Life; this week, the radio program aired an episode on this sketchy dude. At ARTINFO, Rosalia Jovanovic picks up where the TAL story leaves off, and speaks to Fredericks & Freiser artist Baker Overstreet about his involvement with the London [This American Life, ARTINFO]
  • Frieze is on Craigslist. We found an ad scouting out talented magicians, bartenders, and actors for artist Liz Glynn’s performance at the fair. [Craigslist]
  • Chicago has its first 3D printing facility. Available printers include the personal-use UP Mini and MakerBot, as well as the professional-grade EOS Formiga P110. The Duchamp toilets pictured in this article were made with the home printers. [New City]
  • The Barnes Foundation is raising ticket prices from 18 to 22 dollars. This isn’t shocking news, but their rationale is bizarre: to prevent visitors from touching the art. [Hyperallergic]
  • President Obama’s budget proposal for this coming year would boost arts funding by 10%. [Los Angeles Times]


Rob Myers April 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

My Urinal model does print on home printers, it’s a good demonstration of just how capable they can be. From looking at the image I’d say those ones have been printed with a Makerbot –

Paddy Johnson April 24, 2013 at 11:02 am

Oh get out. I’ll correct the post. How large are the urinals? Did you have to make them in sections? I’ve never seen a makerbot make anything this large.

Rob Myers April 24, 2013 at 11:47 am

Thank you! They print all in one go thanks to the amazing job Chris Webber did on the digital modelling. If you print it too small the pipes collapse, but otherwise the size limit is as big as the printer can output.

I’d have to measure my big ones but I’d guess about 25cm long. If you look at the ones in the picture you can see the layers of plastic they were printed in, which leads me to believe they’re a similar size.

The people in Chicago have done a really good job printing them!

Tom Burtonwood April 24, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Thank you! We printed them on Makerbot Rep 1, in ABS with Sailfish accelerated firmware. Each print is approx 6-7 inches in length. The edition was exhibited earlier in the year at the last edition of Fountain in NYC with Front Room Gallery. If anyone wants to see them in person they are currently available at Front Room Gallery / Fuse Works Editions.

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