3D printingat 2,500 meters

At the Zillertalarena, a popular winter sports resort around 40 kilometres east of Innsbruck in Austria, three unique sculptures by Tyrolean artist and sculptor Magnus Pöhacker stand at an altitude of around 2,500 metres. In addition to the height and the impressive view, the three head sculptures, each about 2.8 metres high and weighing 1.5 tonnes, are special because they were created using 3D printing.

The Challenge

It has always been a dream of Magnus Pöhacker’s to present his artwork in the legendary mountain landscape of Tyrol. This dream has come true on the viewing platform of the top station of the new ‘Wild Krimml’ gondola lift.

Initially, three small plaster sculptures by the artist were available to be scaled up and produced using 3D sand printing. The target size was set at 2.8 meters.

Finish and Installation

After printing, the sculptures were sent back to the studio of Magnus Pöhacker in Tyrol. There, the artist treated them with special coatings, including a water-repellent finish. The coatings were specially developed for the extreme weather conditions at the summit. This means that the sculptures not only withstand snow, rain and ice, but are also protected from UV rays.

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