Penn State School of Visual Arts Associate Professor Cristin Millett returned to Gramolazzo, Italy, as a resident artist at the 2016 Digital Stone Project (DSP). Millett completed a residency at the 2015 Digital Stone Project and was invited to return this summer, but this time, she was accompanied by four Penn Staters: Jamie Heilman, supervisor of DigiFab, the digital fabrication facilities in the College of Arts and Architecture; Hillel O’Leary, M.F.A. candidate in the School of Visual Arts; and alumni Cydnei Mallory (B.F.A., 2014), M.F.A. candidate at Arizona State University, and Jeff Repko (B.F.A., 2013), M.F.A. candidate at the University of Wisconsin. The five representatives of Penn State were part of an international group of eighteen professional artists, university educators, and students who used robots to carve marble under the hot Tuscan sun.
Residents of the DSP developed their ideas using advanced 3D computer-modeling software. Employing the latest innovations in digital stone fabrication technologies, projects were machined in marble with a 7-axis robotic arm at the Garfagnana Innovazione and then participants finished the stone by hand. At the culmination of the residency, the artwork was exhibited in Hard Copy at the Sala Ex Marmi in Pietrasanta, Italy.
Check out the image gallery of their journey below. Photos courtesy of Cristin Millett and Jamie Heilman.