This is just brilliant. Pablo Garcia, an architect/artist who’s currently a professor at the Chicago Art Institute, has devised this incredible device he calls the “Profilograph” (2008). By documenting the profile outlines/image of any given object, Garcia uses these drawings to create a contiguous 3D cast that rotates on a circular spindle, giving movement to otherwise stagnant objects.
The video here features Garcia using Albrecht Dürer‘s Vier Bücher von Menschlicher Proportion (Four Books on Human Proportion) (1528), and allows the six facial profiles suggested by Dürer to stretch into endless possibilities of human profiles. The end result is exquisite, and is a perfect example of how historical scholarship and modern technology can merge to create an enlightening continuum between the past and present. Check Garcia’s website for more of his incredible work, and check here for the complete works of Albrecht Dürer (if you don’t know who he is by now, my heart goes out to you in sincere pity, m’love. Check his work out this instant and get acquainted).