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Free Macleay Museum exhibition visualises climate data

8 March 2016

Rapid Prototyping: Models of Climate Change is an exhibition of the work of Kate Dunn, who takes climate scientists’ data and reworks them into 3D visualisations using 3D printers and sustainable materials such as clay, coffee and wood pulp. 

Fragile State, an artwork by Kate Dunn produced with 3D imaging

Fragile State, Kate Dunn

A PhD candidate at the University’s Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, Dunn’s research investigates the potential of 3D forms to convey complex information. The works on display include Scorcher, a representation drawing on records of Sydney’s temperatures and heatwaves since January last year.

All of the 40 artworks in Rapid Prototyping are visualisations of the research of climate Dr Sarah Perkins Kirkpatrick from the University of NSW and Dr Dan Metcalfe from CSIRO.

Rapid Prototyping coincides with the University of Sydney-supported Rob|ARCH2016 conference at Walsh Bay this month. The conference examines new robotic technologies and applications ranging from the construction industry to interaction, design and creative practice. Dunn will co-chair a workshop at the conference, examining the application of robotic 3D printing in a range of industries. 

Scorcher, an artwork by Kate Dunn, is made from 3D powdered porcelain and sugar and draws on data of records of Sydney's temperatures and heatwaves since January last year.

Scorcher, 3D printed powdered porcelain and sugar

Event Details

What: Rapid Prototyping: Models of Climate Change

Where: Macleay Museum, Gosper Lane, off Science Road near the Quadrangle, University of Sydney

When: 6 March until mid-2016

Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-4.30pm, first Saturday of the month 12-4pm, closed other weekends and on public holidays.


Phone: 02 9036 5253

Media contact: Jocelyn Prasad, 0434 605018

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