The “Sphynx” cups are made by scans of details of the iconic “Sphynx” benches located alongside the Victoria Embankment in London. The scanned models of the Sphynxes were digitally edited resulting the shape of the cup’s base. The same parts were then simplified in order to create the negative mold that was used in the slipcasting process, resulting the top part of the cup.
The piece is part of the “Chimeras of a High Tide”, a collection of artifacts created using traditional ceramic techniques and rapid prototyping mediums (3D printing, photogrammetry) leading to a result where the original can be hardly distinguished from its reproduction.
”The project started from my walks around the city of London, where with the eyes of a foreigner, I developed a particular fascination with the ornate Elements of Victorian mass-produced furniture. As a Greek person, I am used to living amongst the ruins of past grandeur, so I was intrigued by the paradox of the Victoriana, where the latest means of industrial production were expressed through revivalism.”