Unveiling a new dimension in the sphere of art, an unprecedented blend of traditional masterpieces and artificial intelligence (AI) has taken shape in ‘The Impossible Statue’. Now on display at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, this sculpture marks a significant step forward in the integration of technology into creativity.
The masterminds behind the project include a quintet of master sculptors from across the ages, namely Michelangelo, Auguste Rodin, Kathe Kollwitz, Kotaro Takamura, and Augusta Savage. However, these artists have had a peculiar form of participation. A trio of AI software programs, engineered by the Swedish machine group Sandvik, have been trained on the works of these masters, thus making the impossible, possible.
Pauliina Lunde, a spokeswoman for Sandvik, remarked, “This is a true statue created by five different masters that would never have been able to collaborate in real life.” The creation challenges traditional notions of artistry and creativity, blending distinct sculptural styles into one cohesive unit, manifested in stainless steel.
With an androgynous figure holding a bronze globe, wrapped in a swath of material from waist down, the statue’s physique pays homage to the muscular depictions by Michelangelo. Simultaneously, the globe-bearing hand draws inspiration from Takamura’s style. This 500-kilogram art piece stands tall at 150 centimetres, promising an awe-inspiring sight for the visitors.
The complex process of creating ‘The Impossible Statue’ involved feeding the AI with numerous images of the sculptures created by the aforementioned artists. The AI then proposed several 2D images, synthesising key aspects from each artist’s style. “In the end we had 2D images of the sculpture in which we could see the different masters reflected. Then we put these 2D images into 3D modeling,” shared Julia Olderius, concept development lead at the museum.
The question of whether this innovative creation is a work of art or a testament to technological prowess sparks an intriguing debate. Julia Olderius commented on the controversy, suggesting that art is subjective and it’s up to the audience to decide.
Amidst varying opinions, Olderius expressed her optimistic outlook on the incorporation of AI in art and design, encouraging adaptation to a future where technology co-exists with human creativity.
This news is based on an article from malaymail.com.