Loose Ends, 2019, Shir Atar - Eretz Israel Museum

Loose Ends, 2019, Shir Atar

Photo: Hadar Saifan


PLA filment, bamboo fill, wood fill; 3-D printing


Shir Atar, b. 1981


A series of vessels exploring how a 3-D printer responds to changing forms and volumes, and gives rise to new forms.

“This work grew out of my interest in the limits of advanced, highly precise technologies, and in characterizing the new formal patterns created when the rules change. In this project, I explored how a 3-D printer responds to changes in forms and volumes, lines and surfaces, which were planned using different CAD programs. The characterization of the qualities responding to my definition of ‘success’ or ‘failure’ was significant to the analysis of the final, printed products, based on the identification of different parameters in the planning stage. The printing parameters chosen for the final models were further adapted to create vessels that combine new and familiar volumes.

To this end, I designed a series of vessels with a voluminous ‘mother base’ that gives rise to a complementary voluminous-linear form or an additional structure with a unique texture, which adds an individual character to every printed object. This quality distinguishes the vessels from the conventional products of a 3-D printer, which strives to produce the most perfect and precise form.”


On display at the Glass Pavilion, Tel Aviv Biennale of Crafts & Design, MUZA – Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv.